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THON Dancer Interview: Eric Taylor

We got a chance to talk with dancer Eric Taylor, a junior EBF major dancing for the business fraternity AKPsi.

How is THON so far?
Since I’m a junior, this is my 3rd THON. My first thought was that it’s unbelievable- I fell in love with it right away. Coming to this THON, I can’t put it into words- it’s unbelievable. Coming through the human tunnel, you can really start to feel the atmosphere. What we’re able to do for the 4 Diamonds Fund is incredible. Kids can come here for the weekend and be kids. I can’t put it into words.

How did you feel when you found out you were dancing?
It’s tough because we had a lot of good people trying to dance who put a lot of effort in. When I found out that I was dancing, it was the biggest honor. I know how much people put into it, so it’s an extreme honor to represent my organization and our THON family.

What role do you think music plays in THON?
It keeps the energy going. For me, 5 or 6 hours ago I was feeling kind of tired. But a band came on and started playing upbeat songs and it kept the energy up. It keeps everything positive for us to keep going, especially for the final 4. The place is electrified.

Why do you THON?
Speaking from personal experience, coming to Penn State and meeting the THON families and kids is incredible. Everyone has been affected by cancer. The burden is puts on the family…and it’s not fair to put that on a child. THON helps to work to a future where parents don’t have to hear, “Your child has cancer.”