Family Relations

Luke Mallon

Family Relations Director

Year: Junior
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Major: Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Previous THON Involvement

THON 2018: Dancer Relations Committee Member
THON 2019: Family Relations Captain - Bereaved Family Contact

Why did you want to be a Director?

The THON Community has given me so much in life. Through the countless moments, friendships, and memories, I could not be more grateful for everything I’ve gained. I wanted to be the director of Family Relations because I wanted to contribute as much as I could to this community. I am so honored to be in the position to not only strengthen the THON community, but also provide the emotional support to families. The relationships we as students and organizations have with our families make THON so unique, which is what takes it to the next level. I want to ensure that any family going through a battle against cancer has the love, support, and community behind them every step of the way.

What are your main duties as the Family Relations Director for THON 2020?

My main responsibilities as the Family Relations Director are communicating with all Four Diamonds Families involved in THON, overseeing the Adopt-A-Family Program, organizing programs and events for families throughout the entire year, and providing support and assistance to families in any way I can.

What is your favorite THON memory?

My favorite THON memory was last year during the Celebration of Life Video (COL). Throughout the year, my Co-Captain, Dylan, and I had the special mission of spreading the memory and fight of all the children who passed into the THON community. Through the whole year we met the families of those children, we heard their stories, and we felt their strength. When the COL played, all 16,500 of us paused for them. We remembered them. We heard them sing and laugh. We saw their smiles. It was beautiful being able to see how active they are in our community. I believe the Angels are the core of our strength and our passion, and being a part of that, along with the entire BJC, is something I’ll never forget.

Are you involved in any orgs? If yes, please explain more about some of your experiences.

I am in the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. DSP is an awesome group of people and is where I’ve met some of my very best friends.

Favorite Quote

“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.” Romans 12:12

Other involvement outside of THON

Delta Sigma Pi, Camp Kesem

Plans for after college graduation

I either want to go to law school or go into non-profit consulting.

Anything else you would like to share?

My parents danced together in THON back in the 80's, which is pretty cool.