Four Diamonds selected Emma DiGuglielmo, an upcoming junior at Palmyra High School as a member of the 2020-2021 Mini-THON Student Leadership Council. The Mini-THON Student Leadership Council provides feedback and shares ideas with the Four Diamonds staff throughout the school year to help improve the Mini-THON program. This role is given to students that excel in their local Mini-THON through leadership, fundraising and their commitment to community service. Emma will serve as an advocate and leader for Four Diamonds, Mini-THON and more than 90,000 students who are on a mission to conquer childhood cancer. During the 2019-2020 school year, 294 schools participated in a Four Diamonds Mini-THON event to help conquer childhood cancer.
Mini-THONs are modeled after the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON™, the world’s largest student-run philanthropy. Since 1993, Mini-THON has raised more than $43 million. The funds are used to drive the discovery of new and improved treatments for childhood cancer by supporting the work of more than 90 researchers at Penn State Children’s Hospital and Penn State College of Medicine. Four Diamonds also supports families by covering all medical expenses not paid for by insurance for every eligible child.
Emma explained why she enjoys participating in Mini-THON, "I participate in Mini-THON because I think it important for every child to have hope and a fighting chance in their battle to beat cancer. No child or their families should have to fight alone. I am so proud to raise money to support Four Diamonds because they truly partner with pediatric cancer families to make their difficult journeys a bit more manageable. It is amazing to me every time I meet a Four Diamonds patient to see their strength and courage. This is what gives me the motivation and drive to keep active in Mini-THON and to encourage my peers to join me."