Tell us about your organization:
The organization that I am involved in is called Ohana. It is a special interest organization for Penn State’s Dance Marathon and that means that Ohana’s main purpose is to raise money for THON and pediatric cancer. But other than raising money for THON we also have 4 Four Diamonds families that we are paired with, to whom we provide love and support to in anyway they need it. Outside of doing THON things, Ohana is also an organization known for being fun. we are an organization that holds plenty of events, like hayrides, formals, cookouts, for members to come closer and make everlasting friendships.
Why do you think your organization is important and meaningful on campus?
I believe that Ohana is meaningful on campus because we are raising money for a fantastic cause and we are having fun while we do it. We provide students a way to be involved and a way to make friends and I think that that is one of the most important aspects of any club on campus.
How did you decide to take on your role as President of Ohana?
In Ohana’s eleventh year on campus, I will serve as the first ever junior president. I decided to take on the role as president of Ohana because I really want to give back to an organization that has given so much to me. I have found a great group of friends and a cause that has touched my heart and I want to give anyone on this campus the same opportunities that I had. I also took on the role as president because I believe that I have some ideas that will better Ohana and make it one of the very best special interest organizations of THON.
How does your work with Ohana give you the opportunity to use your gifts and passions?
To some, they may say that Ohana only makes a small difference in the world. But that small difference in the world gives those that are affected by it the whole world. To be able to see the faces of the parents and children THON weekend is an absolutely priceless experience. This cause allows those families affected by pediatric cancer a chance to live a normal life for one weekend. it also gives them financial support so they will not have to worry about making choices and missing their child’s life. And that to me makes a huge impact.
Anything to say for students who might want to join this club?
To anyone wanting to join Ohana, Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten. Come join our family and we will make sure you are not forgotten!