Joel Clabaugh and Kaylee Read

Join us on February 15, 2019


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


Kaylee Read

I am a junior in the nursing program at Penn State Mont Alto. I first became involved in THONTM my freshman year after losing my stepmom to cancer on October 7th of 2016. This changed my perspective on what THONTM really is and the impact it makes on families battling this disease. Along the way, I gained some new family members of my own through the Josey's and the Lightner's. They inspire me every day to keep fighting for a cure and never give up hope.

Joel Clabaugh

I am a senior majoring in Letters, Arts and Sciences at Penn State Mont Alto. I enjoy playing baseball, hiking and doing anything involving my friends. I became a member of THONTM because of my freshman roommate. Once I began, I was captivated by the hope and support THONTM gives and I have not stopped since. Through THONTM I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet several families, including the Josey's and Lightner's who have become my own extended family. THONTM has given me the chance to give back to these amazing people in a way that I would never have dreamed possible.

This Year

We are taking a stand to fight and end pediatric cancer, but we need your help to do it! Your donation, big or small, helps fund treatment for kids with cancer so that their family NEVER sees a bill and can focus solely on helping their child fight this disease.  Not only does your donation fund treatment, it funds research to help find a cure for pediatric cancer so that NO family EVER has to hear "Your child has cancer" again. Every little bit helps us end this disease and gives us and our THON families the hope to keep fighting. You can read more about what your donation does down below! We are both determined to give back and raise as much as possible because we both know how much this cause means to not only us, but our families. We ask for your help with your donations, as well as spreading THON's message to your family and friends so that we can end pediatric cancer.

For The Kids, Always

Join us in our commitment to turn childhood dreams into reality by supporting THONTM. Together, we 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 research 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.


We will be 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 we one step closer to being able to take a stand against childhood cancer during THON Weekend 2019.


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