Q: Why do you THON?
A: Helplessness is a feeling no family, no child, and no person should ever feel. When I was six years old, I felt helpless. My mom was not her normal self — she was lethargic and I knew something was wrong. After two years of tests, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma.
While my mom endured six months of intense chemotherapy, I wished I could do something more to show her love and support. Luckily, my mom has now been cancer-free for 14 years. Not everyone is as lucky as we are, and not every family comes out of the darkness.
When my mom was sick, my family realized that the best gift someone can give is support. THON gives every family support and love. The support that every organization gives to their families is so beneficial and so special.
I want families to receive magic, support and love from every person involved in THON. I also want to let the entire THON community know just how important they are in maintaining the spirit, progress and success of THON.
I THON for every family to give them a little bit of magic, support, love and hope.
Q: What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from THON?
A: The biggest thing I have learned is you never know what someone else is going through, so it is always important to show empathy towards others. As someone who has had two members of my immediate family have cancer, I have seen firsthand the small miracles people can perform to others by being kind.
Being kind to the people around us is truly what makes the world a better place. THON gives families a reason to smile through the hardest part of their lives. It provides children a safe place to run around and be happy.
THON has changed my perspective by allowing me to see other people in a kinder and friendlier way.