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MiniTHON held at Winters Mill to help fight childhood cancer

The Winters Mill High School community came together for their first-ever MiniTHON Friday to raise money for those fighting childhood cancer. Before the night even started, they had more than doubled their initial fundraising goal of $5,000.

“It’s been amazing,” said Will Wilt, a student who chaired the event committee. “It shows the togetherness that Carroll has as a community.”


Organized by the school’s National Honors Society (NHS), This was the first MiniTHON to be held in Carroll County.

MiniTHON is part of the organization Four Diamonds, whose mission is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children and their families. They cover 100% of all medical expenses related to cancer care not covered by insurance for eligible children and have helped over 4,000 children and families at Penn State Hospital, according to a news release from the school.


Preparing and fundraising for the even has shown students the kind of impact they can have and created true school spirit, he said. It has also been a chance to connect with the outside community including local businesses.

During the event on Friday, clubs and organizations hosted a variety of events from sports tournaments, to a coffeehouse and open mike, to competitive eating to performances by local bands.

Living close to the Maryland-Pennsylvania line, he had seen how successful Mini Thon’s were from friends at South Western High School where the annual event has raised around $90,000 in past years.

In planning the event, Wilt said some students had an opportunity to visit Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center where Four Diamonds funding has allowed them to hire more social workers and dramatically improve the social worker to patient ratio.

“I hope that we can set this as an annual event,” Wilt said of MinTHON. “It does such good work for the community.”

Said Kristin Cavey, a school counselor and the National Honor Society advisor at Winters Mill; “We decided to jump on board because it is such a worthwhile cause and because of what we knew it could do for our school as far as culture building and providing leadership opportunities for our students. I’ve seen firsthand how it has strengthened our community partnerships.”

Francis Scott Key High School NHS students and advisor Alethea Miller supported the event with more than 700 bottles of water and ran concessions for the event run the concessions.