About 325 students of Notre Dame High School, cheered on by an estimated 1,000 parents, alumni, teachers, staff, and students of partner elementary schools, recently raised nearly $115,000 in a 24-hour Mini-THON® to benefit pediatric cancer patients.
It’s become a yearly tradition to stage the event, and it is among the most memorable activities of the year for students who participate. It includes 24 hours of dancing, games, activities, motivational speakers, music, and there’s even a pause for Mass.
Cheryl Fenton, the Mini-THON® organizer, who teaches science and health at the school, estimates students over the years have raised nearly $700,000 for use by the Four Diamonds Foundation in its fight against childhood cancer. “I know that this event stays with our students long after they graduate,” Fenton said. “It started out small, but has become another of our fine traditions. The students, faculty and staff are truly living our mission with this event