Many are familiar with Penn State’s THON—the world’s largest student-run philanthropy that’s committed to helping children and families affected by cancer—but in recent years, Mini-THON has quickly garnered attention.

A high school version of Penn State’s THON, the charity has more than 90,000 student volunteers in more than 265 schools nationwide, and Bellwood-Antis High School is proud to be among them.

For the third year in a row, Bellwood-Antis High School will hold its Mini-THON from 1:15 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the high school. There, the students will work to raise funds for Four Diamonds, an organization that strives to combat childhood cancer.

With the goal of involving as many students as possible, BAHS’ Mini-THON 2020 will hold a number of related activities throughout the day. After school dismissal at 3 p.m., parents and community members can visit the event and bid on baskets. However, the main event will be the nonstop dance marathon from 7 to 10 p.m. Finally, at about 10 p.m., the Mini-THON Committee will announce the amount of money that was raised.

All funds raised by the BAHS Mini-THON will go toward supporting the latest developments in childhood cancer studies, allowing Four Diamonds’ researchers to create better treatments and save more lives.

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