It’s been a year since one of the greatest weekends of my life and nostalgia is, as it should be, hitting hard. Last February I was a dancer in a 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon to raise money for Hershey Medical Center and pediatric cancer research. THON, as it’s known at Penn State, is one of the biggest weekends of the year in Happy Valley–and that says a lot in a drinking town with a football problem. So what am I doing this weekend? Boo and I are heading home!
That’s right kids, we’re abandoning the real world for a weekend and going back to school. We’ll be in the stands (and hopefully on the floor) during this amazing weekend, supporting our friends and supporting the cause. We’ll be doing the line dance every hour. We’ll be blowing bubbles with the kids and dodging beach balls. We’ll be rubbing feet, backs and necks. We’ll be coloring and playing travel checkers. And we won’t be the only ones. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and it involves nearly 15,000 Penn State students each year.
So why am I blogging about this? Why am I taking a turn from my normal wit and humor and talking about something serious? Because this serious cause will be the best weekend in the lives of these dancers and these kids. Because this weekend is probably the coolest thing you’ll see–college students giving up a weekend (after months of preparation) to give of themselves. It’s pretty amazing. So if you want to know just what makes this weekend so rockin, check out http://www.thon.org. And if you still don’t believe what a blast the weekend can be, check out these videos. Oh, and brace yourselves….after a few of these, you’ll wish you were on the couch with the Kleenex guy.