‘Superheroes’ raise $28K at CM mini-THON

PHOTO PROVIDED Central Mountain Middle School students uncover numbers, revealing that a total of $28,359 was raised at the school’s mini-THON.

MILL HALL — More than 250 students, faculty and staff stayed after school and pledged to not sit down for six hours to raise money for the Four Diamonds Foundation.

The group surpassed its $20,000 goal, raising $28,359 at the recent event at Central Mountain Middle School.

This year’s theme was “Superheroes: Saving the world one CURE at a time.”

The gym was decorated with superhero logos and a huge Justice League display donated by Walmart in Mill Hall. Disc jockey Kline Williams donated his time to spin the tunes.

The attendees learned a group line dance, had the chance to be in a cornhole tournament, listened to speakers including PSU athletes, and ate lots of food.

PHOTO PROVIDED These students had their hair cut during the mini-THON to raise money for childhood cancer.

New to this year’s mini-THON was a time slot for hair donation. A total of 10 adults and students had their hair cut by friends and hair stylists on stage, with over 95 inches of hair donated.

This year’s special speaker was Geri Myers, the mother of Logan Myers. Logan is an eighth grader at CMMS and was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in the fall of 2017. After months of battling cancer, he was back in school in time for mini-THON and is cancer free.

This was the third year that the middle school hosted a mini-THON and every year the participation and enthusiasm has grown. In hopes of beating last year’s total, the goal for this year was originally set at $15,000, but was raised to $20,000 when it appeared to the committee that a higher goal was achievable.

At the final reveal everyone’s seemed to stop breathing as they awaited the final numbers. As the student committee slowly raised each number from last to first, you could hear a WOW… then a gasp and a NO WAY as the final number showed that a total $28,359.81 had been raised.

The Mini-THON committee is especially thankful for the local businesses who helped to make the third mini-THON a huge success, including Arby’s, Avery Dennison, Bald Eagle Beer Distributor, Beiter’s, Bittner Taxidermy, Central PA Auto Auction, Central Storage, Chatham Run Feed Mill, Country Pride TA of Milesburg, Croda, Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Hawksworth Trucking, Homestead Pools, HRI Inc, JCH Construction, Jeffrey J. Raymond Jr., DMD, J.J. Peters Disposal, Little Caesars, Lowe’s, LulaRoe Hope and Elise, Mill Hall Pharmacy, Miller’s Furniture of Mill Hall, Monica’s House of Flowers, PA Masonry, Pilot of Lamar, Pizza City, Schuchert Othodontics, Susquehanna Eye Associates, Susquehanna Transit, The Bus Stops Here, The Old Corner, Walmart, and Woodland Bank. Thanks also to hairdressers Stacy Kelly, Buffy McAlister and Michelle Lininger for giving haircuts.

The Four Diamonds mission is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research.

Four Diamonds covers 100 percent of all medical expenses related to cancer care not covered by insurance for eligible Four Diamonds children. Because of the community’s steady and generous support, Four Diamonds has assisted 100 percent of the childhood cancer patients who have been treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

Since its creation in 1972, Four Diamonds has helped nearly 4,000 children and families and supported a diverse platform of childhood cancer research at Penn State Children’s Hospital, seeking improved treatments and cures to benefit kids around the world.

Four Diamonds and the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THONTM) united For The KidsTM when THON named Four Diamonds the sole beneficiary of all fundraising activities.

To date, THON has raised more than $150 million in the fight to conquer childhood cancer. In 2017, THON and Four Diamonds celebrated 40 years as Partners In The FightTM.