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Sarah Brom

Year: Senior

Major: Interdisciplinary Health Science

Position: President

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Playing Animal Crossing!

Why did you join IlliniThon?

I joined IlliniThon because a lot of sorority friends were joining freshman year! I stayed with it because I love all the memories and friendships I’ve made being a part of this amazing organization, and watching how much of an impact we’ve made!

Favorite Music: Anything 90s/early 2000s or country!

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Dan Caulfield

Year: Junior

Major: Interdisciplinary Health Science

Position: External Vice President

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Playing video games with my friends

Why did you join IlliniThon?

I joined IlliniThon so I could be a positive change in pediatric illness and meet people with similar goals

Favorite Music: Lil Uzi Vert. "Celebration Station"

Kana Tamai

Year: Senior

Major: Financial Planning

Position: Membership Vice President

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Watching Netflix

Why did you join IlliniThon?

To make sure no kid has to spend holidays and birthdays alone, and to be able to meet the kids!

Favorite Music: Quinn XCII

Leighton Rhoades

Year: Senior

Major: Integrative Biology

Position: Director of Corporate Relations

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy

Why did you join IlliniThon?

After being a counselor for a summer camp devoted to creating a week of fun for children with cancer and blood disorders, I wanted to expand my involvement with organizations that support children receiving hospital treatments. IlliniThon was an organization that I came to U. of Illinois knowing I wanted to join for this very reason. I joined IlliniThon because I wanted to help create a future for children, just like my summer campers, who are enduring an unimaginable battle with pediatric illness.

Favorite Music: Luke Combs

Grace Malone

Year: Senior

Major: Speech and Hearing Science

Position: Director of Fundraising

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Long walks with my puppy

Why did you join IlliniThon?

To be apart of something bigger than myself and to give back to children and families in need.

Favorite Music: Justin Bieber Changes Album

Riley Wilford

Year: Junior

Major: Intradisplinary Psychology

Position: Director of Recruitment

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Reading neuropsychology books

Why did you join IlliniThon?

I joined because as both a caregiver to my parents and someone with an autoimmune disease, I know that hospitals are no place for a child. These kids deserve to be kids, to have the precious memories of fun to hold close to their hearts, and by fighting for them, that goal becomes a little more achievable.

Favorite Music: All Time Low

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Julian Acabal

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology and Spanish

Position: Director of Creative Development

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Walks in forest preserves!

Why did you join IlliniThon?

I initially joined IlliniThon Freshman year through a family friend so I could make a difference in a new community. Now as a Junior seeing these impacts, I also want to ensure the kids can enjoy a fun childhood and become the next generation of leaders

Favorite Music: Arcade Fire, CAN, Frank Ocean, Tyler The Creator

Michael Kraft

Year: Sophomore

Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology & Chemistry

Position: Director of Alumni Relations

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Running or playing tennis!

Why did you join IlliniThon?

The reason I got into IlliniThon was so that I could be able to use my passion for helping kids in all a more realistic goal like doing anything more than what I was doing previously. Like we always say, it's always for the kids!

Favorite Music: Old school like the 70s or 80s, like Toto or the Bee Gees

Kassidy Collins

Year: Senior

Major: Economics

Position: Financial Vice President

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Watching Netflix

Why did you join IlliniThon?

I wanted to be able to help the kiddos and make a difference!

Favorite Music: Post Malone

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Emily Brown

Year: Senior

Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Position: Internal Vice President

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Watching and making TikToks.

Why did you join IlliniThon?

I joined IlliniThon so I could help make a difference in the lives of those fighting pediatric illness.

Favorite Music: Currently it’s "Tongue Tied" by Grouplove

Grace Habermeier

Year: Sophomore

Major: Accounting & Finance

Position: Director of Finance

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Painting

Why did you join IlliniThon?

I've always had a passion to give back to my community. Growing up I wasn't given the cookie cutter definition of a childhood. Misfortune is very present in this world and no family should have to endure it alone. I made it my mission to contribute back to those around me and give every child/family the chance to have lives filled with happiness and love. Illinithon allows me to fulfill this passion and is an organization full of people who selflessly contribute to something much greater than themselves.

Favorite Music: Eden / Harry Styles

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Maddie Diluia

Year: Junior

Major: Mathematics

Position: Director of Corporate Relations

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Baking & Arts + Crafts!

Why did you join IlliniThon?

I joined illinithon because as a freshman, the organization and values really hit home for me! I want to do as much as I can to help such a great cause and do the most FTK!

Favorite Music: John Bellion, Quinn XCII

Nora Czupek

Year: Junior

Major: Kinesiology

Position: Director of Fundraising

Favorite Quarantine Activity: watching Netflix and cooking

Why did you join IlliniThon?

FTK and to participate in something bigger than myself

Favorite Music: "September" by Earth Wind and Fire

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Abby Madonia

Year: Sophomore

Major: Business

Position: Director of Recruitment

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Tanning

Why did you join IlliniThon?

I’m from Springfield so I knew about the powerful impact St. John’s has on peoples lives and I wanted to be a part of it!

Favorite Music: One Direction

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Milton Guendica

Year: Junior

Major: Speech & Hearing Science and Spanish

Position: Director of Public Relations

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Cooking!

Why did you join IlliniThon?

I joined IlliniThon because I want to give more preemies the chance to live. Prematurity continues to rise globally and I want to help make more miracles for the St. John’s Hospital.

Favorite Music: Fleetwood Mac!!

Lara Wuetrich

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Position: Director of Hospital Relations

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Watching movies!

Why did you join IlliniThon?

For more birthday parties for the kids!

Favorite Music: Post Malone

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Lexi Huffman

Year: Senior

Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Position: Director of Hospital Relations

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Binging shows on Netflix

Why did you join IlliniThon?

I wanted to help make a difference in the lives of these children and use my healthfulness to be able to help out others who are in need.

Favorite Music: A Boogie Wit da Hoodie has to be in my tops

Casey Lee

Year: Junior

Major: Sociology

Position: Director of Morale

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Making cookies 🥰

Why did you join IlliniThon?

My sister inspired me to join! She’s two years older than me, and her passion lead me to join the movement.

Favorite Music: Chance the Rapper

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Gretchen Brezina

Year: Sophomore

Major: Speech and Hearing Science

Position: Director of Special Events

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Definitely baking! For a minute I was addicted to making banana bread and cookies in order to pass the time.

Why did you join IlliniThon?

I joined IlliniThon in order to be a part of something larger than myself. Building relationships with the miracle children and families throughout the year is amazing and allows us to see the direct impact we are making on the lives of others. I also love that IlliniThon has so many opportunities to develop leadership and teamwork skills. But above all I joined FTK!

Favorite Music: "King of Everything" by Dominic Fike

Carolyn Oh

Year: Junior

Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Position: Director of Stewardship

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Baking!

Why did you join IlliniThon?

I joined IlliniThon after my friend told me about it before my freshman year, and I loved the cause and community wanted to stay involved!

Favorite Music: Electric Love

Andria Radaios

Year: Junior

Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Position: Director of Operations

Favorite Quarantine Activity: I love to watch movies and be with my family!

Why did you join IlliniThon?

Being able to join the largest philanthropic student organization on campus was an amazing way to give back to the community and work with students to raise funds and awareness for the local miracle children. I wanted to be able to further develop my leadership skills while also getting hands on experience in planning and raising awareness in something that will impact many children’s lives. Joining IlliniThon was an amazing way to participate at a larger level to make as much of an impact as I can to the lives of the families and all of the miracle children.

Favorite Music: My favorite singer is currently Burna Boy.

Ashley Soller

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology - Behavioral Neuroscience

Position: Director of Morale

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Coloring and painting!

Why did you join IlliniThon?

Being able to create more miracles, memories and laughs for the kids and their families. I also joined because people in my life have been affected by pediatric illnesses and I want to help make a difference for other families.

Favorite Music: Almost any song by Sleeping at Last

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Jacklyn Schlender

Year: Junior

Major: Elementary Education

Position: Director of Member Engagement

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Watching and making Tik Toks :)

Why did you join IlliniThon?

As someone who is passionate about working with kids, I joined IlliniThon because of how big of an impact it has on the kids and families at St. John's. Joining this organization was one of the best decisions I have made since coming to UIUC, I have met the most amazing people and made memories that I will never forget.

Favorite Music: Post Malone

Grace Jennings

Year: Junior

Major: Human Development and Family Studies

Position: Director of Marathon Relations

Favorite Quarantine Activity: Binge watching the first few seasons of Dance Moms

Why did you join IlliniThon?

Many of my older friends were involved in their dance marathons in college and I knew I wanted to be part of something so special. My future career with children in the health care field benefits greatly from programs like this one. These children are stronger than anyone I’ve met and seeing them have the ability to play and dream for the future is incredible.

Favorite Music: George Ezra