Growing up is a beautiful thing. Let’s fight for it.

Hi everyone! My name is Katelyn Hottle and I am a junior nursing student along with my partner Caroline Manley. We had the privilege of getting to know each other through our amazing Dancer Relations committee last year, where we learned how to provide support and encouragement, as well as look out for the safety of, our assigned dancers during THON weekend as they went 46 hours of no sitting and no sleeping. The year prior, I had the opportunity to be a part of a great Rules & Regulations committee, where I learned how to ensure the safety of all people participating in THON weekend. I have also been an active fundraiser through the Student Nursing Association of Penn State (SNAPS) and my sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, where I have gone on countless canvassing and ribboning trips in order to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. THON has been everything to me from the time I started here at Penn State University.

THON means so much to me because of how it helps families impacted by childhood cancer. I know firsthand what it is like to have an immediate family member fighting a terminal illness, and how that affects the whole family physically, emotionally, and financially. I also know what it is like to receive tremendous support from people who care, and how that helps to focus more on the battle itself rather than the enormous medical bills or life-changing sacrifices. I have also lost family members to this horrendous disease. For this reason, I put in so much dedication and commitment to THON, in order to give back to those in need and help others who are in my shoes.

Caroline and I are going to work tirelessly this year in order to raise awareness as well as money for families impacted by childhood cancer. We are extremely honored for this opportunity, and would love to be standing and not sleeping for a total 46 hours FTK!! Thank you for your support!!

Join us in our commitment to turn childhood dreams into reality by supporting THON. This year, I am taking action by uniting with 16,500 student volunteers and over 25,000 alumni supporters in the fight against childhood cancer. Our year-long efforts culminate in a 46-hour, no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon each February to celebrate our survivors, remember those we’ve lost, and take a stand--all in hopes of one day dancing in celebration of a cure.

Throughout the year, I will be fundraising to benefit THON in an effort to provide outstanding financial and emotional support and spread THON’s mission world-wide. It is my hope that one day, every child will have the opportunity to live out their dreams. 

Since 1977, THON has raised over $157 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital, providing comprehensive care for 4,000 families and fund critical research to take our fight beyond central Pennsylvania and spread hope around the world. We work year-round to provide both financial and emotional support for our families, ensuring that they never have to face cancer alone. 

I truly appreciate any support you provide, either by making a donation or by sharing my page on social media to spread THON’s mission.