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Update From Our Dancer: Hour 42

Ali Fogarty THON

We last checked in with Ali Fogarty over 10 hours ago when she was still anxiously waiting to see her family following a PASS System failure and huge line outside the Bryce Jordan Center.

The early portion of Sunday definitely trumped Saturday as Fogarty was finally able to meet up with her loved ones, not once but twice.

“When they [my family] first got here, they let me go up to the concourse briefly to see them because the PASS line was closed at the time. They were able to get down here a second time which was so fantastic,” said Fogarty.

A trip off the event level was a nice break for her as the stairs provided a nice leg stretch to stay loose, but more important than the location, finally being united with family members has Fogarty feeling “light years better” than the self-proclaimed delirious state she had previously been battling.

Fogarty is not currently crying but had several tears pour down her face as she fought through the early portion of last night and expects tears to resume over the final few hours.

With a few mental and physical struggles clearly in the rear view mirror, the last three hours should be relatively smooth sailing filled with many emotional moments worth savoring as the final destination becomes more of a reality by the second.

“I’m looking forward to Family Hour. It’s a reminder of why we’re here and what this goes to. It’s always beautiful and humbling,” Fogarty said.

Finish strong and enjoy it, Ali!

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THON - The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the most ubiquitous event on campus, has been in existence since 1973. THON currently benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital and has raised over $100,000,000 since its inception. Read more