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EAHS announces Mini-THON and Community Hours

February 13, 2020- Elizabethtown Area High School will hold its twelfth annual Mini-THON this year on March 6-7, 2020, to benefit the Four Diamonds. Mini-THON is a student-run organization that plans fundraising events during the school year that culminates with a 12-hour dance marathon at the high school patterned after Penn State’s THON. This year’s fundraising goal for EAHS is $90,000. Senior Erin Barton and junior Angelina Hemsch are Co-Chairs for the student-led philanthropic initiative.
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The slogan for this year is Make This Cancer’s Last Rodeo. Starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, student dancers participate in competitions, dance, sing, play games all night, while standing and patiently waiting for the final fundraising reveal at 7 a.m. on Saturday. Last year, EAHS exceeded $85,000 with one hundred percent of the money raised donated to the Four Diamonds Fund to support Pediatric Cancer research and help families of children with cancer take care of medical costs. Four Diamonds-sponsored families never see a cancer-related medical bill during treatment through Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, PA.

Elizabethtown Area High School invites our families and community to come share this life-changing experience of Mini-THON during our Community Hours from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, March 6. Adults may enter during Community Hours for a donation of $5, students $3, and children 5 and under will be free. Come dressed in your favorite cowboy attire as we make this cancer’s last rodeo! Four Diamonds Families are invited to attend as our honorary guests. The donation fee goes towards our fundraising goal. Fun games, activities, music and dancer antics will get everyone excited to crush cancer. There will be something new featured at this year’s Mini-THON: a bunny room sponsored by FFA. The EAHS Mini-THON Committee also encourages you to purchase a lantern to commemorate someone you may know affected by cancer. Our Community Hours conclude with a Lights of Hope Luminary Ceremony at 10:30 p.m in the high school’s main lobby where all the lantern names will be read. Each lantern is a reminder of how many lives have been touched by this disease. Elizabethtown Area High School Mini-THON committee hopes that community members join us in Daubert Gymnasium as we dance for a cure and to support this life-changing cause.

The greater-Elizabethtown community can support this worthwhile cause in a number of ways:

  • Make a donation
  • Becoming a sponsor
  • Purchasing a “Light of Hope” lantern
  • Attending Community Hours

Mini-THON is especially unique to Elizabethtown because several years ago an 11-year-old boy named Chris Millard, from the Elizabethtown Area Middle School was diagnosed with cancer. While battling, this boy wrote a story about a brave knight who had to conquer a challenging quest using Courage, Wisdom, Strength, and Honesty to help him overcome the evil sorceress. These characteristics are what Chris believed were needed to overcome cancer. Unfortunately, sometimes even the strongest of knights lose their battle. Cancer took its toll and sadly took Chris’ life. However, he has become an inspiration to so many. In honor of him, the Millard family shared his story creating the Four Diamonds to assist and show the families that they are not alone.

Started in 1973, the Four Diamonds has grown into the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. In addition to paying bills, the Fund also assists families in every way possible including music therapy, meal vouchers, and taking families to THON events. In addition, 70% of all funds raised go to research and finding a cure for pediatric cancer. One of the first patients to ever benefit from the Four Diamonds fund forty years ago was from a family here in Elizabethtown. That patient is now a physician.

Visit our Mini-THON event page linked through the District website or contact advisor Ken Boland (ken_boland@etownschools.org) at Elizabethtown Area High School (717) 367-1533 for more information.