By Flora Posteraro
This Friday, March 8, 2019, students at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania will stay up all night. They will dance, party and play games. Sure, they’ll be exhausted the next day but they can sleep it off. For children fighting cancer, it’s something they can not escape. CV’s and other mini-thons at schools across the state benefit Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey.
For the first time, CV’s Mini-Thon is headed by 3 girls, Sophie Eyer, Emily Bowman, and Halley Saucier. While the all-nighter maybe one night, the female trio and the leadership team have worked all year to make it happen “For The Kids”. They organized various fundraising events including car washes, a golf outing, Turkey Trot 5K, fall fest, and Holiday caroling.
Sophie Eyer said, “I Mini-THON to give hope to these courageous children fighting that one day we will dance in celebration.” Emily Bowman said, “I Mini-THON for a brighter tomorrow, where families do not have to be scared of a six letter word, cancer.” “When we come together to raise money for pediatric cancer, we come together to fight it!” said Halley Saucier. Over the last 12 years, CV has raised nearly $1.9 million to conquer childhood cancer, making it one of the top fundraising high schools in Pennsylvania.
The Mini-Thons are modeled after Penn State’s THON which has raised $167 million since 1977 for Four Diamonds. Four Diamonds was created in 1972 by Charles and Irma Millard in honor of their son, Christopher who lost his 3 year battle with cancer. Christopher had written a story about a great knight who sought our the four diamonds of courage, wisdom, honesty, and strength to fight evil-thus Four Diamonds was born.
16,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year and more die from cancer than any other disease. Four Diamonds helps these patients and their families, making sure they receive quality care. Four Diamonds also uses proceeds for research and developing treatments to save lives. For more information, go to https://www.fourdiamonds.org.