Hey! My name is Blake Stermer and I am the President for SparkTHON! I am a Junior majoring in Kinesiology (Pre-Physical Therapy) here at UIC. I love playing volleyball and watching Netflix far into the next morning. I decided to become a part of SparkTHON because I grew up with no medical complications (minus a few minor injuries), and I believe in a world where EVERY child grows up with no medical complications. I believe that this is possible through SparkTHON and that's why I joined the movement!
Mission & Outreach | Milan Patel
Hey! My name is Milan Patel! I am currently a Junior majoring in Biology at UIC. I am also a pre-medical student and hope to someday help treat kids just like the ones at Lurie’s as a physician! Outside of school, you can most likely find me at the gym or at Chipotle. I joined SparkTHON because having to deal with the nightmare that is cancer is more than enough for our miracle children and their families; they should not have to worry about the cost of treatment as well. These individuals have a long road ahead of them, and by becoming apart of SparkTHON, you can show them that they do not have to go down it alone.
Dancer Relations | emily bohanek
Hello! My name is Emily Bohanek and I am a Senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Disability in Human Development here at UIC. After graduation, I plan on attending nursing school with hopes of specializing in either oncology or trauma. I love indulging in Netflix, spending time with my friends and family, and DANCING! I joined SparkTHON because I finally found the perfect movement that allowed me to connect my passion for dance with a purpose for giving back and helping others. I aspire to make a difference in the lives of as many children as possible, because I believe each and every child deserves to live a healthy, happy, carefree and beautiful life. I anticipate this year being the best one yet and cannot wait to see all of our hard work and efforts come together in March, #FTK!
Marketing | Tony Smith
Hello! My name is Tony Smith and I am a Junior majoring in English. I want to write for a major publication after I graduate from UIC. I also hold a position with another organization on campus called CHAARG. I love binge watching TV shows in my spare time with my best friends. This is my second year with SparkTHON and I joined to fulfill my need to help others. I have loved being able to be apart of an organization that has done so much good for so many children! I strive to be able to raise even more than we did last year and help more and more children get the care they need.
Operations | Masumi Patel
Hi! My name is Masumi! I am currently a Senior majoring in Accounting! I love food, Harry Potter, and dancing! I have also always loved giving back to the community in anyway I could. Dance Marathon has given me a chance to give back in a way I never thought I’d be able to: Dancing! As a VP of Operations, I hope to help this year’s Dance Marathon be the best yet! I used to dance because I enjoyed it. Ever since I joined Dance Marathon, I dance to make a difference! And of course #ForTheKids!
finance | Ashwini Reddy
Hello! My name is Ashwini Reddy, and I am the VP of Finance for SparkTHON! I am a Senior majoring in Neuroscience and Political Science here at UIC. After graduation, I hope to go on to medical school, and one day work as a Neurologist in a children’s hospital. In my free time, I love to read, binge watch TV shows on Netflix, and drink copious amounts of coffee. I decided to get involved with SparkTHON because I fell in love with the mission of the organization. SparkTHON is truly a life changing experience for everyone who participates, because for one day, everyone puts aside their own worries and comes together to raise money for the kids. I hope that this year’s SparkTHON is even more amazing than the last, and we raise even more money so these incredible kids can get the help they need! #FTK
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