By Rachel McKinsey
The reason behind hosting a Mini-THON each year is to raise money in honor of a family affected by childhood cancer for the Four Diamonds Fund. The money raised this year is in honor of Aaron Weiss, an eleven year old fifth grader from Locust Grove. He was diagnosed on February 7, of this year, with a brain tumor.
“Sick,” was all, his father Marc Weiss, could say about finding out the news. Lori Weiss said she was devastated to say the least. “You hear about it (cancer) all the time, and you go through life not thinking it would happen,” says Lori Weiss, Aaron’s mother.
The Four Diamonds fund means something different to each person who knows what it is. For the Weiss family it means a hidden blessing. “It’s a philanthropic organization that has your back,” said Marc. Lori said, “It’s good to know someone is there for you.”
Aaron “ a man of few words” says, “It’s cool,” to be chosen for this years Mini-THON. “Thank you for the opportunity and support. Go Red Lion,” said Marc. “God has a plan and it’s for good, something miraculous will happen,” said Lori.
This years’ Mini THON will be held May 24 to the 25 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Everyone must raise a minimum of 75 dollars to attend. The deadline to sign up is April 26.
Some new things this year will be a blow up obstacle course with a rock wall, a life size Jenga game, and a make-your-own-cape setup.
"Just like the student body heard Wednesday during the kick-off assembly, Mini-THON has a direct and vital impact on the lives of those dealing with cancer. Our rallying cry “For The Kids” never rang clearer than it did today, “ said chairmen Jake Owens.
You can follow Red Lion Mini-THON on Twitter at @RLMiniTHON.
Online registration is also available by clicking here.
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