Nick Phillips and Anna Hostert

Join us on February 15, 2019


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

Join us in our commitment to turn childhood dreams into reality by supporting THONTM. Together, Nick and Anna, are 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.
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 funding critical researcAh to take this 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.








Nick is a junior majoring Nursing. The past two years Nick has helped fundraise through the nursing organization, Student Nursing Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP). Last year Nick was apart of a Rules and Regulations Committee, where he worked on a Pass committee (helping friends, families, and loved ones onto the floor). Each year Nick volunteers to donate his blood at the THON blood drive. He wants to dance independently to get more involved in the opportunity that THON offers and to dance in memory of his brother Jack, who passed away from cancer this summer, and his grandmother. He also wants to dance in honor of his grandfather and every family who has ever been effected by this horrible disease.


Anna is a junior majoring in Nursing. She has helped fundraise the past two years for through SNAP, the Student Nursing Association of Pennsylvania, and Triology a THON organization. For both organizations their main goal is to raise money for THON, and she has done everything from canning to canvassing to sending out THONvelopes to all family and friends to help as much as she could. Her first year at THON she spent 26 hours standing in the stands; however, last year she stood and supported the dancers for 40 hours. Anna wants to dance independently not only to support Nick and his family after their loss, but also to dance for her grandmother, grandfather, aunts, and multiple other family friends, such as, Jamie, Nancy, and Deb. She also dances so no parent has to hear the words "your child has cancer".

Nick and Anna have been working tirelessly all year with the hopes of being selected to dance in THON 2019. Independent Dancer Couples are dedicated individuals who set up their own fundraisers throughout the year, and with the support of friends and family, will obtain tickets in a lottery system in the hopes of earning a spot as dancers in the Penn State Dance Marathon. With your contribution, you will bring Nick and Anna one step closer to being able to take a stand against childhood cancer during THON Weekend 2019.


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