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Hope Kelly and Jessica Sallurday (2023)

Join us on February 17, 2023


Make a difference in the life of a child.

Help save the lives of children battling cancer by supporting THONTM. Our IDC, Hope Kelly and Jessica Sallurday (2023), is taking action by uniting with 16,500 student volunteers to raise funds and awareness in the fight against childhood cancer. Since 1977, THONTM has raised over $200 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Health Hospital. Throughout our partnership, we have ensured that over 4,000 families have not seen a single medical bill. In addition, the local research that is being done is making a global impact so that one day, we will find a cure. Each February, THON's yearlong efforts and support for the families culminate in a 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon.
By supporting THON™, you will be joining a community committed to conquering childhood cancer

Hi there! My name’s Jessica & I’m a 2019 alum. I’ve been involved with THON™ since my freshman year; serving on committees, as a THON Chair, a 2019 dancer & most recently as a DMAIG Advocate. My passion for THON comes from losing my friend Nick to Leukemia when he was only 13 years old. I was 8 years old at the time & couldn’t offer him or his family much support. THON has given me the chance to both financially & emotionally support so many incredible families throughout their journey. I am constantly inspired by the resilience, love & courage of Four Diamonds families, Hershey staff & the THON community. After dancing in THON 2019, I knew I couldn’t part from something that had become such an important piece of my college experience. I joined DMAIG & did what I could to continue to support the families I had met. I attended THON 2020 & decided that if the opportunity presented itself, I would do it all again. After a virtual THON 2021, there was no doubt that I would travel back to State College for THON 2022 to support dancer friends & visit some Four Diamonds families after a few years apart. I’m so excited to work with Hope this year & hopefully represent Penn State Alum on the floor at THON 2023!


Hope Kelly and Jessica Sallurday (2023) have been working tirelessly all year with the hopes of being selected to dance in THON Weekend 2023. Independent Dancer Couples are dedicated individuals who set up their own fundraisers throughout the year, and with the support of friend and family, obtain tickets in a lottery system in the hopes of earning a spot as dancers in the Penn State Dance Marathon.