Paige Albor, a 20-year-old junior, has done something different each year she has been involved in Thon, and each year she has dedicated more time to helping raise money for the families it serves.
Albor grew up in Lansdale, attended Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School and went to Penn State Abington for two years. During her freshman year, she was involved with canning weekends, attended fundraiser events, and came to University Park to dance in the crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center.
During her sophomore year she became the family relations captain for Abington, serving as the connection with Abington’s Thon family, the Chapmans. She would organize trips to the family’s house and for the family to come to campus. She also would send the Chapman family presents for holidays and birthdays.
Albor also was one of the dancers. “After I danced, I felt I gave all I could for Abington Thon,” she said. “The dancing is indescribable, and 46 hours of dancing is a long time, but your body can handle it more than you think.”
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Albor became more involved her sophomore year. At the end of her freshman year, her uncle died from cancer.
“I can’t imagine a kid going through what my uncle went through,” said Albor. “Thon is changing so many lives for the better. I’m happy to be a part of it.”
Her desire to help people has also motivated her. Albor is studying communication sciences and disorders and wants to work in a hospital or with special-needs children when she graduates.
This year she participated in Thon games, ran the 5K, and went canning in Pottsville. Her main involvement is with the merchandise committee, doing product inventory and sales at the HUB store on campus. This weekend, she is working at the concession stands.
“Everything is going well, I just finished my second shift,” she said. “It looks like everyone is having an amazing time, and they’re buying a lot of merchandise.”
Albor said she not only plans on being involved next year but has her mind set on participating in and donating to Thon after graduation.