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Editor's Voice: High school Mini-THONS are a beautiful thing

Posted 3/11/14

Penn State’s monumental THON last month raised an amazing $13.3 million for the Four Diamonds Fund, a charity at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital that funds cancer research and helps with some expenses incurred by families with children …

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Editor's Voice: High school Mini-THONS are a beautiful thing

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Penn State’s monumental THON last month raised an amazing $13.3 million for the Four Diamonds Fund, a charity at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital that funds cancer research and helps with some expenses incurred by families with children undergoing cancer treatment.

But the fundraising is not over: Now local high schools, eagerly taking the lead from  their college counterparts, are staging Mini-THONS for the charity.

High schools may not raise millions, but they raise an impressive amount of money for Four Diamonds, particularly when you consider the lousy economy under which this area, and the rest of the country, is suffering.

Lower Dauphin will hold its marathon on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15,  hoping to top last year’s school record of $60,304.58 raised. About 440 students participated.
Middletown Area High School will hold its marathon on Friday, May 2, hoping to top its record of $16,154.55 raised last year.

Elizabethtown Area High School holds its marathon on Friday, March 28, hoping to top last year’s total of $33,000 by at least $2,000. The charity is particularly special to Elizabehtown students: Four Diamonds was founded by Charles and Irma Millard in 1972 after their son, Christopher, died from cancer at the age of 14. Christopher was an Elizabethtown student.

Even an elementary school, South Hanover in the Lower Dauphin School District, holds a Mini-THON. Students there raised an amazing amount last year: $18,425.63.

The lesson that students are being taught is invaluable – caring for others. What is more overwhelming is the fact that it’s an effort they embraced on their own. They want to help others.

It makes us feel good about the future of society.

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