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.