What ‘Believe Beyond Boundaries’ Means To THON Volunteers

The THON 2016 theme was revealed in early October and since then, “Believe Beyond Boundaries” has been on the minds of volunteers, dancers, and families alike. But what does “Believe Beyond Boundaries” really mean to the passionate THON volunteers that fill the Bryce Jordan Center? We found out:

Blake Birns, Alpha Epsilon Pi

“Don’t be afraid to believe in the impossible.”

Catherine Paletta, ATLAS

“It means that if we work our hardest, we can beat cancer. All of us are here to go above and beyond our abilities to stand for the kids.”

Matthew Aquillino, Sigma Pi

“To me, ‘believing beyond boundaries’ means putting yourself outside your comfort zone and believing in your ability to accomplish something you didn’t know you were capable of.”

Doug Thier, Zeta Psi

“The first step in finding a cure is believing. Believing beyond limits makes finding a cure a whole lot easier.”

Dillon Ketterman, Kappa Sigma

“I think believing in everyone and believing that as a group we can accomplish something as big as THON and overcoming the obstacles that pediatric cancer causes. Together we will find a cure.”

Becca Tate, FOTO

“It means that you can do anything. Its not putting limits on the opportunities you could have in the future.”

Maddie Sherwood and Morgan Flynn, Delta Gamma

“It’s having faith when your hope is lacking. It’s not putting limits on the opportunities you could have in the future.”

Maggie Griffin, Phi Chi Theta

“I actually just got a tattoo that says ‘While I Breath, I Hope’ and I think that really relates to believing beyond boundaries. THON allows these kids to believe beyond their own boundaries and restrictions, it lets them do the things they can’t always do and it allows us to believe in a cure.”

Marcus Polite, Alpha Sigma Phi

“Anything is possible. If we all contribute to one goal, we can achieve it. Whether it’s finding a cure for cancer or accomplishing anything in life.”

Whether it’s a strictly THON message or a message for life, believing beyond boundaries is more than just a theme. Most agree that it’s going above and beyond to reach a common goal, one that isn’t easy to reach but most definitely worth believing in.

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Emma Curtis

Emma is a staff writer for Onward State. She is a sophomore in the College of Communications and a first generation Penn Stater. Emma comes from a diverse military family and has moved around a lot; however, she has recently found her favorite home in Happy Valley. Contact her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @cinemmatiic.

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