Harriton High School recently hosted the 4th Annual Mini-Thon – a fun-filled, service-oriented event empowering students to put their leadership skills into action in the fight against childhood cancer. This year's Mini-THON – spearheaded by Harriton's Gretchen Condon and a team of student leaders – ultimately raised more than $45,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund and Hershey Medical Center.
Four Diamonds' mission is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research. They cover 100% of all medical expenses related to cancer care not covered by insurance for eligible Four Diamonds children.
Mini-THONs are interactive events for students of all ages that inspire teamwork, leadership and creativity, while empowering youth and young adults through philanthrophy and community service. The events are modeled after Penn State's IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) and have been making a difference in the lives of childhood cancer patients and their families since 1993. This year's event at Harriton featured live music, a giant dance party, face painting, relay races, arts & crafts, games, contests and much more. The Penn State Nittany Lion mascot even made a guest appearance!
Harriton joined more than 265 schools and 90,000 students throughout eight states in holding a Mini-THON this year helping to bring hope to families-in-need and giving back to their community. Last year, the Mini-THON program raised more than $6.46 million dollars for Four Diamonds.