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Uplifting the Spirits of Others

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In an effort to spread kindness, third-graders from Brittany Mueller’s class at Babylon Memorial Grade School recently worked to bring smiles and joy to children currently fighting childhood cancer.

Ms. Mueller, a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, informed her students of the school’s highly regarded THON fundraiser, a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. 

Every year in February, Penn State hosts its THON weekend at the campus’s Bryce Jordan Center, a 46-hour no sitting, no sleeping marathon which is attended by students, volunteers and families of the Four Diamonds Fund. During the annual event, more than 700 Penn State students showcase their dance moves for the attendees, bringing countless smiles and joy to all of those in attendance. 

After learning about the efforts of THON, Ms. Mueller’s students engaged in an activity in which they created “kids mail” for the sick children, writing messages filled with positive energy and happy messages. The letters are going to be delivered to the Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in hopes of lifting their spirits in advance of this year’s THON.

To date, THON has raised $147,000,000, assisting 3,700 families in need of financial support with medical bills and insurance costs due to childhood cancer. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020