On March 22, Indiana Area Senior High School held a Mini-THON event in the high school gymnasium.
While it’s true that many students enjoy the dancing, games and entertainment THON has to offer, the real purpose is to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund, a charitable organization established from the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical center. The mission of the Four Diamonds Fund is to conquer childhood cancer. The organization’s central purpose is to cover the financial needs of children all over the world who are battling cancer and whose parents’ or guardians’ health insurance cannot cover.
Katie Jack, the president of Key Club, told of her club’s goals and aspirations for THON this year: “We want to raise $5,000. Last year, we were able to raise a little over $5,000.” More than 130 students at IHS participated in the Mini-THON, along with about 10 members of the IHS faculty. Because of the efforts of all involved, this year’s Mini-THON event raised more than $8,000.
There were enough activities at THON to keep anyone occupied. “Color wars, a talent show, dancing, the egg toss, a performance by Coastal Remedy, and so much more,” said Jack.
Additionally, Will Martin, a graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School who is also the overall leader of the THON committee at Penn State, was the guest speaker, and he told students that their efforts are appreciated more than they know.
Students all over IHS were excited about the dance marathon.
Junior Ashley Garonzi commented, “My favorite activity was the egg toss.”
Riley Stapleton, a newcomer of IHS Mini-THON expressed his eagerness to attend: “I was excited to hang out with my best friends, and participate in the dancing. THON is for a great cause!”
THON has something for everyone and is helping to contribute to a wonderful cause. Key Club is hopeful that this will continue to be an annual event.
THON is the largest student-run philanthropic organization in the nation. Indiana Area High School is a proud participant of THON as well as a contributor to the Four Diamonds Fund.
Last year, in February THON raised over $9.6 million, and Mini-THON events, including Indiana High School’s, donated over $1.6 million.
With cancer being one of the most common diseases children face, students, teachers and others are determined to defeat childhood cancer, one dance marathon at a time.