Last weekend I stood for twelve hours along side my friends and fellow students at my local high school. Together we raised $21,141 for Four Diamonds, the most my school has raised so far. I'm glad I did this, it was so much fun. It was worth every second of pain, every second I felt like I was going to throw up for about two hours.
Nights like these where race, color, and creed doesn't matter transcend society. It didn't matter who we were, we all united for a great cause. Fueled by the simple, powerful, slogan, For The Kids, we pushed our bodies to keep on dancing. We did it for those who couldn't. It wasn't about us anymore. It was about the kids, those that are fighting for they're lives and those who sadly lost the fight.
What we did was 24 hours less then those up at Penn State University and I don't know how they do it. They are some iron willed badasses, but they raised ten million dollars. This is on top of what the hundreds of other Mini-THON locations raised. Because of this money we can help hundreds of kids get the care they need to kick cancer's ass, help build state of the art treatment facilities for them.
Cancer has affected us all in one way or another, either it'd be family or a friend. I never got to meet my grandmother because of cancer. All I know is the stories I hear from my mom about how great of a person she was. So for me I stood for her and for the others I know that had cancer
It's a little bittersweet for me since this is my first and last time doing Mini-THON. I wish I had done it last year, much like I wished I switched schools before my senior year. I'm glad I had a chance to be apart of this great organization and make a stand against childhood cancer even if it was for one year.
For The Kids!