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The Willow Grove Guide - - FRONT PAGE - By Caitlin Burns

cburns@jour­nalregis­ter.

com Morethan100Up­perMore­land High School stu­dents packed the In­ter­me­di­ate School cafe­to­rium for their first mini-THON Dec. 14. Stu­dents­danced,ate,com­petedand cel­e­brat­edtheir­fundrais­ing­to­gether for the Four Di­a­monds Fund, for which they raised ap­prox­i­mately $T,000to­help­fund­ser­vice­san­dresearch­for­pe­di­atric­cancer­pa­tients.

Co-chair and high school se­nior Emily Dormer said she was in­spired by her cousin who par­tic­i­pate­d­inPen­nS­tate’sTHONwhile in­col­lege.Sh­e­said­whileit’sbeena lotof­work,sin­ce­plan­ningstarte­din guly,it­wasall­wor­thit.

“I think it’s one of the best things thatI­could­have­donein­my­se­nior year,” Dormer said. “I think at least ev­ery­one knows or has known some­one with can­cer. If we put enough into find­ing a cure, we will findit.”

Dormer said since this was the school’s first mini-THON, it was only six hours, run­ning from 6 p.m. to mid­night. She said it was a “test run” to see how many peo­ple would­par­tic­i­pate­and­howtheevent would go.While she won’t be par­tic­i­pat­ing, she hopes to have started an an­nual event that will get bet­ter in years to come, in­clud­ing ex­tend­ingth­eevent­to12hour­sandrais­ing more­moneyeachyear.

“We­want­theto­tal­raised­to­goup ev­ery year,” Dormer said. “That’s the­mostim­por­tant­part.”

Mini-THON was or­ga­nized by sev­eral groups at the high school, in­clud­ingKeyClub,Stu­den­tCoun­cil,Na­tion­alHonorSo­ci­ety,In­ter­act Club and Busi­ness Club. In or­der to par­tic­i­pate stu­dents had to raise morethan$50in­do­na­tions.As­part of the event, stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in line danc­ing, lip sync, karaoke and Wi­icom­pe­ti­tions.

“The stu­dents are really ex­cited,” school psy­chol­o­gist and Key Club ad­vi­sor Howard Co­hen said. “Sev­eral of the stu­dents came to me with the idea of do­ing this. When my stu­dents found out about it, we de­cided to do it with a num­ber of groups.”

The Four Di­a­monds Fund ben­e­fits chil­dren suf­fer­ing from can­cer by as­sist­ing with ex­penses and fund­ing re­search to find a cure. It pro­vides su­pe­rior care, com­pre­hen­sive sup­port and in­no­va­tive re­search to chil­dren at the Penn State Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and Penn State Mil­ton S. Her­shey Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

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