Kids & Family

Mini Dance Marathons Raise Money for Pediatric Cancer Research

Southwestern PA schools continue the tradition involving students across the country

The dance marathon. An icon of American culture, turned successful fundraiser. Penn State has made their marathon or "THON" a national example, raising millions in the fight against childhood cancer. Now high schools and middle schools all over the country are coming to the dance, holding their own Mini-THONs modeled after Penn State. The Four Diamonds Foundation, a pediatric cancer research organization which benefits from many of these THONs, estimates over 90,000 student volunteers in 283 schools in eight states (and counting) now participate.

The Pittsburgh region is no exception. We told you a couple of months ago that the North Hills School District was expanding their annual high school THON to include two new THONs open to middle schoolers and even the community this year. Their THON effort, in its 5th year typically raises about $15,000 for Make-a-Wish and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.

North Allegheny's fundraising THON topped $100K!

This year the kids at North Allegheny Senior High School organized a six-hour "Tiger-THON " that invited the whole community. Held on Saturday March 30, NA's six-hour THON event raised $100,925.81. Wow! All proceeds will go to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Pennies From Heaven.

Way to go South Hills students (including Upper St. Clair) for making it FTK, or "For The Kids"!

Not to be outdone, four South Hills school districts held Mini-THONs this year: Baldwin, Upper St. Clair, South Fayette and Chartiers Valley high schools. The South Hills Patch reports their THONs benefitted Four Diamonds. The Upper St. Clair THON raised over $58,000.

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