By MELANIE KRIEGER
On Friday Night April 1st, the 2nd annual OTHON took place at OHS. Led by Advisor Mrs.Kombert, and Highschool Officers of cancer awareness club, this year OTHON raised over 13,000 dollars for pediatric cancer! OTHON is a dancothon, inspired by Penn State University’s own dance marathon (THON), where students dance “For The Kids”, hence the term “FTK”. OTHON is a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. The mission is to provide emotional and financial support, spread awareness and ensure funding for critical research ― all in pursuit of a cure.
At OTHON, the students raised $100 or more, and stayed on their feet for six hours straight. Dancer, Hannah Mascuch, says “it was hard too stand for so long and keep moving but in the big picture nothing compared to what families and kids with cancer face every day so definitely worth it.” Along with many dancers, local sports and clubs at Oceanside High School performed dances to show their OTHON spirit. These performances included, the Oceanside girls varsity lacrosse team, the Oceanside girls varsity dance team, Sports night’s Broadway blue and Warrior White, as well as many others.
Club officers, Gabby Mauro, Melly Burt, Kelly Palous, and Jason Denrich as well as advisor Mrs.Kombert put many days and hours into preparing for OTHON, and all year fundraising for the “Four Diamonds Fund.” Officer Gabby Mauro says, “OTHON brought so many people in our high school together because of how many people are affected by cancer. I chose to be an officer because of how important it is, not only are we raising money for cancer but we are helping end it.”
If you missed OTHON, or would just like to donate money to the four nations fund, you can donate via credit or debit card at this link:
“One day we will dance in celebration, until then we dance for a cure.”