Raising a total of $53,295.50, MiniTHON beat their goal of $50,000.
Every year at the Red Lion Area Senior High School, MiniTHON is hosted. This fundraiser is hosted to raise money for childhood cancer. Students will stand on their feet from 6pm to 6am and take part in non-stop activities and fun. However, in order to participate, a student needs to raise at least $75 that will go directly to the Four Diamonds Fund.
Childhood cancers make up less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed each year. About 10,380 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015. Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades. The mission of the Four Diamonds Fund is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children that are being treated at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and their families with superior care and money donated by businesses and people.
“As a chair, I’m in charge of planning and organizing the night of activities.” Senior MiniTHON chair member, Hannah Zimmerman said. “As well as getting donations from businesses and setting up fundraisers.” There are 9 total MiniTHON chair members. “As committee members, you participate in fundraisers and help make decorations for the night of.” Zimmerman said. “I chose to be a chair because cancer sucks and having witnessed it first hand with my mom being diagnosed with cancer when I was 8.”
“MiniTHON is an amazing thing that helps raise money for childhood cancer research. This years’ MiniTHON was amazing and I’m honored to have been apart of it.” Zimmerman said. Every year at MiniTHON, there is a family hour that is hosted. Families from all over the district will come to the school for one hour and explain their childrens’ cancer stories. This makes a huge impact on many students at the school.
“I was in charge of planning the night of and also family hour.” Sophomore chair member, Carter Beyer said. “I chose to do it because of how much of an impact it had on my family with Cora (little sister) being sick.,” Beyer said. “I felt like it went really well this year and I heard a lot of positive feedback.”
“I stand in support of the children and families that face this terrible disease.” Senior, Rachel Bosley, who attended the night of MiniTHON said. “Those who have fought, who fight today, and who will continue to fight in the future. With having a two-time childhood cancer survivor in my family, I have seen the amazing things that the Four Diamonds Fund does for the patients and their families to make their battle a little bit easier.” Bosley said.
“12 hours seems like nothing when you remember what it is that you’re standing for.”