Lycoming students sponsor dance-a-thon to raise funds for children battling cancer

Members of Lycoming College’s chapter of Circle K International are hosting a Mini-THON to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund that supports children battling cancer and their families. The dance marathon will be held Friday Nov. 11 from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the Keiper Recreation Center. Participation is open to the community.

“The event will not only help raise funds, it will also help raise awareness of the challenges faced by families and their loved ones who have been diagnosed with cancer,” said Elizabeth Ritter ’18, a chemistry major and Circle K member who is chairing the event. “Ninety-four cents of every dollar raised goes directly toward helping children and their families.

“We have already received more than a quarter of our goal of $1,500 in contributions. We appreciate the support we’ve gotten from so many on campus and in the community and are looking forward to additional support from others.”

Participants will have plenty of free food and upbeat music to help keep them on their feet throughout the evening. They can also stay active by watching performances and playing Frisbee, dodgeball, tug-of-war and other games. Several activities will be scheduled every hour to keep dancers active and a number of prizes will be awarded.

The event organizers encourage students, faculty and staff, and members of the community to pre-register for the event by emailing lycominithon@gmail.com. Participants will be sent a registration form with a request for a $10 contribution or a $5 contribution if the participant is a student of Lycoming College.

Registration and other contributions to the event can be done via check, payable to the “Four Diamonds Fund” with Lycoming College in the memo field. For physical checks, inquiries should be directed to Elizabeth Ritter at riteliz@lycoming.edu. Participants can register and contribute at the door starting at 3 p.m. on the day of the event. Donations also can be made online at: http://fourdiamonds.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.donate&eventID=1296.

The Lycoming event is modeled after Penn State’s 48 hour THON. Stay on track with the event by following the planners on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by searching “Lyco mini thon.”

Circle K International fosters friendship among members and develops leadership qualities through service projects.

This year, the brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Mu Theta Chapter, are helping with the planning and execution of the second annual Mini-THON by assisting with the committees needed to carry out a successful event.

Each year, the Four Diamonds Fund provides direct support to approximately 600 children with cancer — 100 who are newly diagnosed and 500 who are continuing their fight — who are being treated at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The fund supports children and their families through superior care and comprehensive support. The fund also supports a variety of innovative research geared to improving treatments and cures to benefit those around the world.