Mini-THON at SBA!


Saint Basil Academy hosted mini-THON May 18-19 for its fourth year to raise funds for the Four Diamonds Foundation and pediatric cancer research. This year, SBA raised $32,051.05 and has surpassed the $100,000 mark for four years.

Mrs. Theresa Hartey and Mrs. Emily Kleinle, SBA faulty members, are the moderators of mini-THON. Mrs. Hartey said, “We feel good about contributing to Four Diamonds. This event has touched many people at SBA. It is an awesome night when the school comes together.”

The theme of mini-THON this year, which was imprinted on t-shirts worn by the community, was “We All Dream in Gold.” Student leaders Paige Larini, Anya Bohatiuk, Grace Majkut, Maddie Farrell and Jules Gura like the phrase because gold is color of pediatric cancer awareness.

The event, which began at 7 pm Friday night and ended at 7 am Saturday morning, consisted of several activities. Stylists from the Gary Charles Salon volunteered to cut hair to be donated to the Pantene program “Beautiful Lengths”. Hair collected from the program is used to make wigs for cancer patients. Bluetooth wireless headphones which glowed in the dark were worn by all. The music being played by the DJ was transmitted through the headphones so all could sing along. Mackel Moonbounce donated a moonbounce for the girls and pizza was donated by Roma Pizza.

Mini-THON invited speakers to address the students. Robin Capecci, a social worker at St. Christopher’s Hospital, spoke of the emotional, physical, social, and financial tolls on cancer patients and their families. SBA Alum and two-time cancer survivor, Kristin Wetton ’17, described her own experience while battling cancer.

It is a long night and it is difficult to stay awake, but this is merely a reminder of the long nights experienced by cancer patients and their families. Mrs. Kleinle says, ‘The students at SBA have made it their mission to eradicate pediatric cancer in their lifetime.” This is evident by their hard work and great success at Mini-THON each year.