by Scott Katherine

Written by Abby Burton and Ella Cressler 

There are over 700 dancers taking the floor at THON™ Weekend 2024. Dancers Aiden Friedman and Julia Dobis share why they THON and their experiences during the weekend.  

Aiden Friedman is a part of the Greek org, Alpha Chi Rho. THON is very important to Alpha Chi Rho’s chapter because it brings together their members for a good cause. Aiden states the reason why he THONs. “I don’t know anyone effected by cancer so because of that I feel like it is my responsibility.”  

His favorite memories from the past THON’s were last year during Final Four. He states, “Final Four was super emotional and a positive experience.” Aiden is most looking forward to experiencing Final Four again and staying the full 46 hours.  

Dancer Julia Dobis is also a part of a Greek organization called Delta Zeta. Julia states, “I THON to support our families, seeing the smiles on our family’s faces means so much to her when they all get together and anything that they are struggling with go away when we are on the floor, truly a feeling that is indescribable.” Delta Zeta and their partner, Sigma Pi’s paired families are the Marras, Muroskys, Shaulls, Skinners, and Zanolinis.  

Julia says, “We interact with our THON families at the 5K, one of our families comes every year and it is so special to us as an organization. We also spend time with our families at Hershey Park once a year.” She also said, “My favorite past memories of THON are 2023 total reveal and final four hours with our families. These were really special and heartwarming moments.”  

Last year, Julia’s organization was in the top 5 and are most excited to see the grand reveal this THON. Every dancer has a different reason behind why they THON and their experiences related to THON. Everyone dancing has a special connection to THON and its mission.  

Featured Image: Ben Guenther | THON™ Photography