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Why They Dance: Part 4

Tomorrow afternoon, 707 Penn Staters will take to the floor of the Bryce Jordan Center and prepare to stand for 46 hours. Here are the stories of three more dancers who will be representing their respective organizations this weekend. Introducing…

Evan Aravich

Who has been involved with THON since: 2011

Now he is: a co-chair for Penn State DuBois

And — in his words — he’s dancing: to show each family that [all of the dancers] want to take as much pain and suffering away from them as possible. “I want to show the families that we support them every step of the way — every hour and every minute. I want to make their fight a part of mine, and not just for 46 hours, but for the whole battle.”

Evan

Tiffaney Jarrett

Who has been involved with THON since: 2010

Now she is: Dancing to represent Penn State Altoona

And — in her words — she’s dancing: for her sister Courtney Jarrett, who was diagnosed with Leukemia in the summer of 2009 and passed away one month later. ”I am dancing as my way of saying thank you and to give back to the Four Diamonds fund and THON for what they did for my family. I’m also dancing so that one day no child will have to go through what Courtney did and no family will have to go through what my family went through.”

Tiffaney

Katie Fiorillo

Who has been involved with THON since: 2013

Since then, she has: been an Alternative Fundraising Captain for Apollo.

Now she is: on the Apollo Executive Board, serving as the Alternative Fundraising Chair. She is also a Donor and Alumni Relations Captain.

And — in her words — she’s dancing: for those who no longer can. “I am dancing in honor of all the angels heaven has gained from pediatric cancer, as well as all of the beautiful children who are still alive today because of the Four Diamonds Fund. I dance for Apollo’s Four Diamond’s kids, Noah Mummert and Devanhi Sanchez. I dance in the hopes that one day THON will be a celebration of finding a cure.”

Katie

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