Growing up is a beautiful thing. Let’s fight for it.
Hello! My name is Katelyn Long. In 2019, I stood as a THON dancer. This moment changed my life forever. I was deeply touched by the stories I heard, the families I met, and the support I recieved. Standing amidst a group of individuals who are dedicated to changing the world motivated me to keep pushing, to keep dancing. THON has given me a purpose that I have never had before, and I am so dedicated to helping children live the lives they deserve. Please help me in changing the world, and changing the worlds of children living with cancer.
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 raising money to benefit THON in an effort to provide funds for children and their families. The money raised will be given to families for medical procedures and expenses, therapies, research, etc. It is my hope that one day, every child will have the opportunity to live cancer free, to live the lives they deserve.
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 would like to thank you for supporting Penn State DuBois in our efforts to make a change. Thank you for your donations, your support, and your kindness. Together, as a community, we have the ability to change the world. Thank you for fighting with us to give children a chance to live lives cancer free. -Katelyn J. Long