York County schools raise money for Four Diamonds

Alyssa Jackson
  • A total of $5.5 million was raised across five states in the 2015-16 school year for Four Diamonds.
  • That was a $1.3 million increase from the amount raised in the 2014-15 school year.
  • Mini-THONs are modeled after the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON).

Twelve local schools held Mini-THONs during the 2015-16 school year and in doing so helped raise more than $5.5 million for Four Diamonds, an organization that helps children with cancer.

School Mini-THONs are loosely based on the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, also known as THON, which is a 46-hour marathon of no sleeping or no sitting with different events occurring to help keep those participating motivated and awake.

Schools in the area typically host a 12-hour dance marathon to raise the money. The schools that participated in York County include Central York High School, Northern High School, Northern Middle School, Red Lion Area Senior High School, South Western High School, Spring Grove Area High School, Susquehannock High School, West York Area High School, York Catholic High School, York Suburban High School and Dallastown Area High School.

Four Diamonds uses the money raised to improve treatments and research childhood cancer, according to a news release, and it helps fund a 70-person research team at the Penn State College of Medicine. Four Diamonds does not charge the families for any of the treatments children receive and offers to pay families' bills or other expenses that pile up during lengthy hospital stays.

The information was announced at the Mini-THON Leadership Summit on Friday, where 700 high school and middle school student leaders and 200 advisers met to share information and begin planning next year's Mini-THON. According to the news release, more than 70,000 student volunteers from 235 schools across five states participated in Mini-THONs during the 2015-16 school year.

It was announced at the Mini-THON Leadership Summit on Aug. 5 that schools raised more than $5 million for Four Diamonds in the 2015-16 school year.