Monday, April 3, 2017

Pottsgrove Min-THON to Fight Childhood Cancer

Blogger's Note: The Following was provided by the Pottsgrove School District.

Pottsgrove High School will hold its second annual multi-hour dance marathon on April 7th to raise money to support Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital. 

For more than eight months, the Pottsgrove KEY Club has been inspiring the student body to get involved and participate in fundraisers to help this cause. The money raised will help cover medical expenses for families that have children battling childhood cancer, as well as support a comprehensive team of researchers that are looking for a cure.

Modeled after the Penn State Dance Marathon, “Four Diamonds Mini-THONs” originated in 1993 and empowered students to learn about event management and philanthropy by joining in the fight against childhood cancer. 

Last year, more than 230 schools just like Pottsgrove High School held Mini-THON's and raised a combined $5.5 million for Four Diamonds. The mission of Four Diamonds is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children being treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research.

In Pottsgrove's first ever Mini-THON, more than 125 students took a stand against childhood cancer and raised $7,353.37. This year, they hope to donate at least $7,500. 

Students will come together for a 12-hour overnight event filled with activities such as zumba, volleyball, basketball, face/nail painting, dodgeball, kanjam, soccer, henna tattoo painting, human hungry hippos, cornhole, obstacle courses, scooter races, scavenger hunt, human bowling, and more. Students will stay on their feet and unite while they stand up to pediatric cancer. 

This year Pottsgrove will also hear from our guest speaker, Kristen Lawhorne, a Pottsgrove graduate and survivor of pediatric cancer. 

“Hosting a Mini-THON at our school has increased school spirit, helping the students all come together for a common cause. Most importantly, Mini-THON has increased student leadership skills, allowing them to handle multiple aspects of philanthropy while selflessly working to raise both monetary funds and awareness for Four Diamonds,”said Jaime Reinhart, Mini-THON advisor.

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