McCort Students Helping to Conquer Childhood Cancer with Annual Mini-THON


From Bishop McCort Catholic High School

Bishop McCort will be holding a 12-hour dance/activities marathon on March 25th & 26th to raise money to support the Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Over the past six years, Bishop McCort Mini-THON has raised $138,139.11
for the Four Diamonds Foundation which supports families dealing with pediatric cancer. McCort students look to continue to support this amazing organization again this year and add to that total.

Leading up to the event, the Mini-THON committees have been getting the student body registered and started their own personalized Mini-THON fundraising page. Bishop McCort students are also reaching out to sponsors, planning activities, budgeting the event, meal planning, creating fund raising competitions, and creating a social buzz and awareness toward pediatric cancer and Four Diamonds.

The money raised will help cover medical expenses for families that have children battling pediatric cancer, as well as support a comprehensive team of researchers that are looking for a cure. Modeled after the Penn State Dance Marathon, “Four Diamonds Mini-THONs” originated in 1993 and empower student to learn about event management and philanthropy by joining in the fight against pediatric cancer. Last year, 270 schools just like Bishop McCort held Mini-THON’s and raised a combined $6 million for Four Diamonds.

This will be Bishop McCort Mini-THON’s 7th year participating in the event benefiting childhood cancer research. Student committee chairs are excited to create the best McCort Mini-THON yet and with a “Neon” theme, hope to “Light The Way To A Cure.” The event has a school wide impact and students 7th through 12th grade come together to make the event memorable.

“From the students who lead and organize the event, to the awesome energy and effort our student body puts into their fund raising, and to the overwhelming support from local businesses, families, and alumni – it is an inspiration,” said Rich Denhard, faculty advisor. “The event itself is always a great time to come together in fellowship and as a school community. The growth and impact it has on those students who lead and participate in the planning committees is evident. Probably most of all, I am extremely proud of how a group of young people can come together and truly have an impact on the world and the fight against childhood cancer. Cancer treatments and care are constantly improving and moving toward a cure. The McCort Mini-THON participants – past & present – can hopefully one day hear about future breakthroughs in treatments and cures and say ‘We helped with that progress.’ That is a pretty cool accomplishment for anyone at any age.”

The Four Diamonds’ mission is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children being treated at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research.

Date: Friday March 25 to Saturday March 26, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m.- 7:00 a.m.
Location: Bishop McCort Catholic High School, 25 Osborne St., Johnstown, PA
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