Graduating classes raise millions for Four Diamonds Mini-THON

June 07, 2017

HERSHEY, Pa. — Graduating seniors across the nation are leaving a legacy of service in the fight against childhood cancer, having raised millions of dollars through Mini-THONs to benefit Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

Four Diamonds Mini-THONs are interactive events for students of all ages that inspire teamwork, leadership and creativity, while empowering youth and young adults through philanthropy and community service.

Over the past four years, schools across central Pennsylvania have cumulatively raised more than $5 million. They include:

  • 15 high schools that raised more than $100,000 over the past four years.
  • Ten high schools that raised more than $250,000.
  • One school (Cumberland Valley High School) that raised more than $1 million.

“Mini-THON students are inspired to have an impact within their communities, and this year’s graduating seniors should be so proud of all they have done to help children and families fighting cancer,” said Kristen Masengarb, director of Mini-THON. “It’s about kids helping kids, and the leadership development opportunities through Mini-THON empower students and teach them about giving back.”

Dollars raised by Mini-THON fund research for new and improved treatments and cures for childhood cancer by supporting more than 80 pediatric cancer research team members at Penn State College of Medicine. Four Diamonds Mini-THON also helps ensure that every child treated for cancer at Penn State Children’s Hospital has no out-of-pocket costs for their family.

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Last Updated June 07, 2017