Cali Ryan Covers “Red” at Thon Factor

Cali Ryan Covers "Red" at THON Factor
Posted on 01/25/2022
Cali Ryan at THON FactorCali Ryan Covers “Red” at Thon Factor
Nadia Liban
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Cali Ryan, a Cumberland Valley senior, took the stage Friday night performing “Red” by Taylor Swift to fundraise for CV’s Mini-THON.

“I have done it for the past three years so it just kinda felt natural to do it. It’s also a really good way to get involved in fundraising money for kids,” said Ryan.

After Ryan’s performance, the audience of the livestream could donate to the link provided if they’d enjoyed it.

“It was super important to me to do it this year as well because my dad was diagnosed with cancer, and even though he’s not a kid and doesn't benefit from Four Diamonds, I understood the uncertainty that comes from a cancer diagnosis,” said Ryan.

Ryan’s passion for the cause goes back into her own experience of someone close with the disease. She hopes to give families financial stability against an uncertain disease.

“Obviously it’s a little nerve wracking, especially after I fumbled a little bit. But it also is so fun and it’s such an adrenaline rush,” said Ryan.

Ryan overcame her nerves on stage all while tackling great stage presence and performing.

“It’s very rewarding. When that total comes out at the end of the events, you think ‘Wow. A part of that is me. This is helping people.’ The fact that kids my age can help essentially save a life is incredible,” said Ryan.

Ryan being a part of something special that funds financial stability and research truly made the whole experience worth it all. Ryan showed one of the four diamonds “Courage” by performing for hundreds watching in person and online for a cause she is passionate about.

To watch Cali Ryan’s performance of “Red” by Taylor Swift check out the 2022 Thon Factor video on CV Mini Thon’s youtube page and/or support the cause donating to Four Diamonds.

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