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Nolan Marett
he/him

Public Relations Director

5th Year Student
Hometown: Lansdale, PA
Major: Neuropsychology

Previous THON Involvement

THON 2018: Public Relations Committee Member (Photography)
THON 2019: Public Relations Committee Member (Photography)
THON 2019: Club Water Polo Family Relations Chair
THON 2020: Public Relations Captain (Photography)
THON 2020: Club Water Polo Family Relations Chair
THON 2021: Public Relations Captain (Social Media)

Why did you want to become a member of the THON 2022 Executive Committee?

I wanted to become a Director For The Kids®. Every single thing we do as a community is to better the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. There is no better way to express my passion for THON than by describing how inspired I am by the strength of the families we support. Aiming to become a Director was not an easy decision, but I am continually left in awe of the passion and resilience of the THON Community, and knew that there was more I could do to give back. Each family, volunteer, donor, supporter, alumni, and community member play an integral role in THON’s mission, and I am just playing mine!

What are your main responsibilities for THON 2022?

The Public Relations Committee works to spread awareness of childhood cancer and the support THON and Four Diamonds provide to children and families impacted by the disease. Public Relations works on a local, state, and national level to share our family, volunteer, and community members' stories. We also run all of THON’s social media platforms, create our own digital, written, and creative content, and maintain THON’s overall brand across the entirety of the organization. As the Public Relations Director, I will work alongside a talented and diverse group of around 26 Captains to complete and expand upon THON's mission from a Public Relations perspective. I will work with the rest of the Executive Committee to enhance THON's overall efforts and ensure the organization's success for years to come—until the day we dance in celebration!

What is your favorite THON memory?

My favorite memory would have to be final four during THON Weekend 2020. It was my first time as a Captain, and I had led an incredible committee of photographers throughout the year alongside an amazing Co-Captain. In those last four hours, honoring the children we have lost and the families we still support, I could feel the immense emotions radiating through the Bryce Jordan Center. As a community, we are all fighting for one purpose, and to be able to stand there with those closest to me throughout the past year was incredible. I feel so lucky to be a part of this community, and in those final moments of THON Weekend 2020, I felt the entire support of thousands of passionate students and supporters all fighting for one purpose—For The Kids®.

What are you most looking forward to for THON 2022?

I am most looking forward to taking what we have learned as a community in THON 2021, and enhancing our efforts even further for THON 2022. We have seen that the THON Community will not stop for anything, and this year we have the opportunity to build on the incredible and innovative ideas from 2021. Whether that be through livestream efforts, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, or through better digital engagement, I cannot wait to see what the Public Relations Committee can achieve throughout THON 2022. Furthermore, I am so excited to learn even more about the families we support and the care we help to provide through Four Diamonds.

What is your favorite quote?

"Character is what we are in the dark." —Adrian Rogers

Are you involved in any organizations that participate in THON? If so, please share a special experience or memory.

I am involved in Club Water Polo THON and we are paired with two incredible families—The Wagners and The Benders. Throughout my time involved in Club Water Polo, I have had the opportunity to serve as one of the Family Relations Chairs during my second and third years. In this role I had the unique opportunity to stay in constant contact with our families and learn from them and their experiences. The personal connection we share with our families is what makes THON so special, and I am so grateful to have been able to get involved in Club Water Polo THON.

What are you involved in outside of THON?

Camp Kesem, Club Water Polo THON, Campus Recreation Building Supervisor

What are your plans after graduating from Penn State?

After graduating from Penn State, I hope to take the MCAT and apply to medical schools in the Philadelphia or New York areas.