Neshaminy’s 2020 Minithon

Rebekah Schrack, Staff writer

Mini-Thon has become an extremely popular event in the Neshaminy community, but what is it? Mini-Thon came from Penn State’s “THON.” For 48 hours straight, the participants are on their feet to raise money for research to help find a cure for pediatric cancer.

Mini-Thon is a smaller version of that, while everything else is the same, participants will only be on their feet for six hours. There are many activities to participate in during Mini- Thon, such as dodgeball and KanJam, and crafts, such as bracelet making. While they do play games and have fun, there are other moments of Mini-Thon that are more personal and impactful. Children and their families that have been personally affected by pediatric cancer tell their stories and talk about how Mini-Thon has helped them get through the difficult time. Some of the stories are so touching, many of the participants tear up, and become even more inspired to help this cause.

According to Abby Cherry, an organizer for Neshaminy’s Mini- Thon, “There has been an increase in participants each year.” Abby has been helping organize and promote Mini- Thon since her junior year of high school. She says, “It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth the time I put in. It’s for the kids after all.”

A group of about 30 members plan the event with the help of Mrs. Montone and Mrs. Romano. It takes a lot of people, planning, and passion to put this whole event together. Many students at Neshaminy like Abby are excited to participate in this purposeful event. “The cause keeps people coming back. It’s the most fun I’ve had at Neshaminy.”

Mini-Thon is to be held in Gym 3 of Neshaminy High School on January 17, 2020 from 3:30 pm to 9:30 pm.