Ashley Novotny and Brianne DeGore

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, Ashley and Brianne, 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.


Ashley and Brianne 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 Ashley and Brianne one step closer to being able to take a stand against childhood cancer during THON Weekend 2019.

THON is one of the things that makes Penn State so special - we all come together as a community to fight for a cure to childhood cancer. After Brianne got involved with THON her sophomore year as an Rules and Regulations Committee Member, she knew this was an event that she needed to be a part of in the following years to come. As a junior last year, Brianne became a Donor and Alumni Relations Development Committee Member which opened her eyes to another aspect of THON by giving tours to our fellow alumni and families of captains and dancers. During her time on both of these committees, Brianne had the opportunity to be on the floor to see the kids with their families and the dancers. It is an incredible feeling to see first-hand the immense difference we are making in these families' lives and Brianne is so grateful to have had that opportunity. Brianne is inspired by the strength and bravery of those fighting cancer, especially of those so young. Brianne has experienced the heartache and shock of losing her father to a chronic disease, so she can relate to the pain family members affected might be feeling. THON brings hope these family members and Brianne knows that comfort is priceless. This is an amazing organization that Brianne hopes to be involved with the rest of her life, not just her time at Penn State. This year, Brianne would love to experience THON from a different perspective by being a dancer and standing for 46 hours all For The Kids.

Ashley's journey with THON began in high school with Governor Mifflin's Mini-THON. Through her active involvement with Mini-THON, she had the opportunity to meet children and families impacted by childhood cancer. Because of Ashley's passion for Mini-THON, she chose to come to Penn State in the hopes of getting involved in THON to continue working for this mission. Her freshman year she got involved through the Women's Club Water Polo THON organization. She will never forget standing in the BJC stands for 40 of the 46 hours and feeling overwhelmed by the magic occurring around her. By her sophomore year, she wanted to get more involved by becoming a THON volunteer. Ashley joined a Rules and Regulations THON committee and worked all year to ensure the safety of the event. Ashley's junior year she continued volunteering year-round for THON as an OPPerations committee member. After three years of working with THON, Ashley was able to witness kids having the chance to just be kids for once. Because of this, Ashley chose to work for the SeriousFun Children's Network in the summer of 2018 at a camp called Flying Horse Farms. This Network was founded by Paul Newman and serves children living with serious illnesses (cancer, sickle cell anemia, gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease, hemophilia, rheumatoid arthritis, and many others), and brings them to camp for one week. Ashley was privileged to spend the summer witnessing the transformation that happens when kids have the chance to forget about their illness for a week. For one week these kids have the chance to leave their illness and the hospital walls behind. They get to laugh, be silly, get messy, form friendships, make their own decisions, leap out of their comfort zone, dance, create fun memories, and it's all free of charge. The kids Ashley met inspire her every single day, and are a huge reason why Ashley would be honored to dance in THON 2019. Ashley wants to dance for every kid whose childhood has been taken away by an illness like cancer. Ashley feels it would be a true privilege to spend all 46 hours in the BJC this year as a dancer.

Please support Ashley and Brianne in their efforts to make sure that every kid can live their dream and that one day we will dance in celebration - until then we will dance for a cure.






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