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#NikiStrong Fundraiser Launched For Penn State Athlete Battling Cancer

Penn State Athletics announced a fundraiser created to help freshman swimmer Nikolette Nolte and her family cover medical costs associated with her leukemia treatment. The fundraiser set a goal of $10,000, and any surplus funds generated will be donated to THON and the Jesse Rees Foundation.

Nolte was first diagnosed with primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma during her junior year of high school. She was found to be cancer free at the start of her senior year and then went on to become a two-time District champion, a NISCA All-American, and a finalist at the state and national levels for her high school swim team.

Nolte received a second cancer diagnosis — high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia — just a year after she originally became cancer free.

Her story has gained national attention, and swim teams across the country expressed their words of support along with many of Penn State’s other athletic teams.

Whether you’re a fellow Nittany Lion, competing team, or admiring fan, we are all #NikiStrong.

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Ryen Gailey

Ryen is a senior early childhood education major from "right outside of Philly" - or in exact words, from 23.0 miles outside of Philly. She loves all things Penn State and has been a huge Penn State gal since before she could walk. Send her pictures of puppies, or hate mail at [email protected]

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