Mini-THON a huge success Three school districts join forces to fight cancer, raise $26,300

By on March 13, 2013

By: TIFFANY WOODALL Review Staff, Staff Writer

Alicia Deiter paints the Four Diamonds, a symbol of courage, wisdom, honesty and strength, onto the cheek of Lillian Furlow. (Photo by Stan Hall)

Ephrata, Cocalico and Garden Spot high schools may be athletic rivals, but when it comes to raising money for kids with cancer, they’re allies.

Last weekend the Mounts, Eagles and Spartans raised more than $26,300 for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital through their 11th annual Mini-THON, and to date they’ve contributed over $170,000 to benefit pediatric cancer patients and their families.

The theme, Coming Together to Fight Childhood Cancer, emphasized the camaraderie and commitment among students to fight for a cure, said Ephrata High School senior and Student Council President Kathryn Hoover, who helped create the 2013 theme and design the event T-shirt, which sported the slogan, "Just Fight It."

"This was an opportunity to meet new people that I had never met before," said Hoover, who made friends from Cocalico and Garden Spot throughout the six-hour marathon held March 9.

"My favorite moment was at the end of the night when we revealed how much money we raised, which was what all three schools did together," she said. "It’s just awesome because all three schools come together as one."

The evening featured free food, entertainment and prizes donated by local businesses and organizations. Ice cream eating, tug-of-war and fear factor contests made for friendly competition and music by Mixed Impressions kept dancers on their feet.

"Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts," said Bret Marzock, Ephrata High School Student Council advisor. "We couldn’t have done it without our sponsors and the amazing students and teachers here in Ephrata. We truly have a tremendous faculty and community."

Local sponsors include: Big Bright Bounces; Eagle Rental; Alan Cherry; Dairy Queen; Penn Cinema; Crystal Springs; Clark Foods; Four Seasons; Tastykake; Pepperidge Farm; Martin’s Chips; Kunzler; Landis Computers; Fulton Bank; K&W Tires; Manning Materials; Weinhold Nickel; Ephrata Community Hospital; Subway; and Rita’s.

Although this was Hoover’s last Mini-THON, her days of fighting for a cure are far from over.

"I’m actually going to college at Penn State main," she said, which is the home of THON, a 46-hour dance marathon also benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund. "I definitely want to continue it as I further my education. I also want to make sure that people do realize that fighting cancer is a big deal, and anything we can do and any money we can raise is a big help to these families."

For more information about the Four Diamonds Fund, visit More MINI-THON, page A17

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