THON-tastic!

By on February 20, 2019

Recently married Crystal Bryan-Muñoz’s passion for THON is the result of “discovering that when cancer treatments end, the fight to end the disease does not.”

The Lititz resident and 2002 Cocalico High School graduate documented her experience in State College with her family at last weekends’ THON 2019. Penn State’s student-run philanthropy project, devoted to strengthening the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer, is capped off by an annual, 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon.

Crystal’s roller coaster ride and 29-month battle with childhood cancer started at age 11.

Recently married Luis and Crystal Bryan -Muñoz, both in red, at last weekend’s THON 2019.

She said there’s been many ups, downs and “crazy loops” in that battle.

 

Family Hour with Logan (left) and Jake Bryan both wearing shirts in memory of two angels – Kirra Broadwater and Courtney Jarret.

 

(From left to right) Allison Banavitch, a THON dancer from Pi Beta Phi, Layla Bryan, Halley Seybold and Michelle Totilo.
Photo by Crystal Bryan

 

A true THON (from left to right) Layla Bryan ,13, Ethan Muñoz 14, Ava Bryan, 7 and Logan Bryan, 9, with singer Andy Grammer Friday night.

 

(from Left to right) Layla Bryan, Katie Bush, a Hempfield grad and PSU junior; Ava Bryan, Sydney Bush, a Hempfield sophomore and Four Diamonds Survivor, and Abby Muñoz.

 

Five minutes until its time to sit at Thon 2019.

 

THON 2019 line dance Saturday night.

“It’s definitely been the most defining ride of my life,” she said.

A friend recently offered a quote which she likes to share and live by.

“I love when people that have been though hell walk out of the flames carrying buckets of water for those still consumed by the fire,” Crystal quoted. A photographer and a mother of five, she attended THON with her husband Luis Muñoz, a former THON 1998 Captain and PSU alumni. Also attending were their children Layla Bryan,13, Ethan Muñoz 14, Ava Bryan, 7, Logan Bryan, 9, and Abby Muñoz

Crystal said her passion for THON is reinforced and driven by the desire to never “hear the words my child has cancer.”

“I never want any of their friends’ parents to hear those words,” she said.

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