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Teams Across Nation Stand #NikiStrong Supporting Penn State Swimmer Battling Leukemia

Penn State swimmer Nikolette Nolte is garnering support from teams across Penn State Athletics and swim programs throughout the NCAA since her relapse of cancer during her freshman year in Happy Valley.

Nolte was first diagnosed with primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma during her junior year of high school at Kutztown. After becoming cancer-free just prior to the start of her senior year, she continued her successful swimming career and committed to Penn State.

Nolte was diagnosed with high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a form of cancer that came as a result of her previous treatment for lymphoma, shortly after celebrating a year of being cancer-free.

“Never in a million years did I think I would be making this post, but here we are,” Nolte wrote on her Instagram page on September 30. “Unfortunately, life happens in crazy ways, and I am back home receiving chemotherapy treatment for this crazy word called cancer. My previous treatment mutated cells in my bone marrow, and I am fighting high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I have a long road ahead, but I will be back up to Happy Valley soon!”

Nolte’s received an outpouring of support matching her optimism as she continues her fight — starting Saturday with swimming and diving teams across the nation, and continuing with Penn State’s own programs.

Whether it’s fellow Nittany Lions, competing teams, or admiring fans, we are all #NikiStrong.

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Steve Connelly

Steve Connelly is a senior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tries to be a photographer sometimes despite one of his photos inspiring the name of his future sports bar, the Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.

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