For those of you that don’t know, The Upper Dublin Mini-THON is a student-run philanthropy fundraising event modeled after the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON). Upper Dublin students worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for the Four Diamonds, a charity that aims to conquer childhood cancer.
Last week, Upper Dublin hosted its second annual Mini-THON– a 5 hours event where students came together as a community and stood on their feet to show their commitment to the fight against pediatric cancer. This project has been in the making for over 3-months and students from Upper Dublin planned and participated in numerous fundraising events and activities to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood cancer.
1. We came together as a community
Through the Halloween babysitting night, the Homecoming Game tailgate, and community and business sponsorships, the Upper Dublin Mini-THON really brought together all different parts of our large upper Dublin community. Young and old, teacher and student alike, found ways to unite for this amazing event.
2. Upper Dublin students and faculty shined
Mini-THON would definitely not be the success that it is, having doubled last years total raised, without the tireless efforts of Mrs. Sachson and Mrs. McNamara, as well as student Head Chairs Jake Rosen and Allie Wilk. Their tireless efforts in leading fundraising efforts and ticket sales, and organizing the Thon event paid off in a night of fun and excitement for all that attended. Dozens of student volunteers and committee heads came together to make this night possible, and Upper Dublin is deeply appreciative of all of the work that they did.
3. We danced our butts off
Upper Dublin students were on their feet for five hours, enjoying good food, great music, fun activities with friends, the photo booth and handprint station, and of course the dancing. For those unfamiliar, standing on our feet for 5 hours is a symbol of solidarity with those battling cancer, a chance to endure a small fraction of the struggles that patients do every day.
4. We formed bonds with the children and families who were victims of childhood cancer
Students also had opportunities to give back, such as the Inspiration Station where they were able to write letters to children and families dealing with cancer, an event facilitated by the Sara’s Smiles foundation.
5. We raised $27, 378.70 to continue the fight against pediatric cancer
The mission of the Mini-THON recipient, Four Diamonds, is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research. Upper Dublin more than doubled its previous year’s total, and joins the 25,000+ students in the region who take part in Mini-THONs in their schools.
The fight, of course, isn’t over. Upper Dublin will continue to raise money and awareness for Four Diamonds and the fight against childhood cancer for the rest of the year. If you would like to donate, please check out the link. If you came out to dance with us last week, we thank you so much!