By Molly Daly
UPPER MORELAND, Pa. (CBS) – Upper Moreland High School in Willow Grove is holding a new fundraiser Friday night to raise money to battle pediatric cancer. The event, organized by Upper Moreland students, benefits the Penn State Four Diamonds Fund.
You’ve likely heard about Penn State’s THON, the 46 hour dance marathon fundraiser. Upper Moreland senior Emilie Dormer was inspired by a cousin’s experience as a THON dancer — so she and classmate Alex Pronzato decided to organize a mini-THON at the school.
“We’re doing a 6 hour version of it this Friday from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Each dancer has to raise a minimum of $50 in order to come, and they can either pay it or they can get their friends and families to give them donations.”
Emilie says the musical menu will be varied. “We have three different deejays, so that everybody’s musical taste is fulfilled. The first two hours, we have a student deejay, and then the next three hours, we have a deejay who did our homecoming dance. And then the last hour is like a techno rave, to get everyone pumped when we reveal how much we raised.”
Although the event is designed to be fun, the Upper Moreland senior says the dancers and donors have a serious aim:
“They understand and realize how much pediatric cancer affects people and their families, and it doesn’t just affect the child with cancer, and it costs a lot.”
As for the funds they raise, says Emilie, “It helps out families with the costs of the medical stuff, and their travels to go to Hershey. The fact that we’re helping people out in that way, there’s just no words for it.”
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