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UMAHS Raises Record Amount For The Kids!

The students of Upper Merion Area High School held their MINI-THON fundraiser on March 21st, 2024. The event is organized by the Mini-THON Committee at UMAHS and run by Senior student leaders, Sarah Perch & Maeve McDaid, and Junior leaders, David Rendon-Garcia, Diego Castro-Medina, and Claire Gardiner. This year's event raised a record total of $32,358.68 to benefit the Four Diamonds at Penn State’s Hershey Children’s Hospital. Mini-THON is based off of the Penn State Dance Marathon, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, where students dance and stay awake for 46 hours straight in order to raise money for pediatric cancer. Mini-THONs have been around since the 1990s and have grown tremendously over the last couple of decades with more than 90,000 students at 265 schools in eight states participating.
At Upper Merion Area High School, students are encouraged to raise a minimum of $40 in sponsorship in order to participate in the event, or $100 to achieve VIP status and privileges. This was Upper Merion’s twelfth year holding a Mini-THON including activities such as Hungry, Hungry Hippos, Blindfolded Musical Chairs, Dodgeball, Basketball, a Belly Flop competition, and minute-to-win-it activities as well as friendly dance and lip-syncing competitions between grades as well as a performance by the HS Dance Team. Special stations for the gaming club and chess club and a dedicated puppy room were also available. Four Diamonds aims to bring people together in order to defeat pediatric cancer by giving children being treated at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, along with their families, an abundance of support and extensive care all while continuing to advance research. 

One day we’ll dance in celebration. Until then, we dance for a cure.