Arcadia Students Raise Nearly $5,000 to Fight Pediatric Cancer

By John DeRosier | April 4, 2023
Arcadia FTK raised nearly $5,000 during the annual ‘Dance All Knight’ event

Students raised $4,748.80 on Friday to help fight pediatric cancer during the third annual Dance All Knight event. 

The event, organized by the Arcadia FTK club on campus, is the group’s largest fundraiser of the year. 

“My favorite part of Dance All Knight was seeing everyone come together to raise money for Four Diamonds!,” said Layla Engle, Finance Co-Captain for Arcadia FTK. “All of our hard work was worth it; It was all For The Kids.” 

The student dancers, about 75 in total, began dancing at 5 p.m. As the night went on, the energy in the room grew higher, and the dancing became more intense. 

After seven hours, dancers finally got off their feet as the team gathered to count the donations. They were thrilled to see they had raised nearly $5,000.

“It was really amazing to see all of our hard work come to life!” said Delaney Jess, Entertainment Co-Captain for Arcadia FTK. “People had a great time For The Kids and I’m really proud of all the money we raised and all the time we put into this awesome event!” 

All proceeds were donated to the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. Four Diamonds conducts research to better prevent, diagnose, treat, and cure childhood cancer. The funds help researchers to:

  • Conduct clinical trials on new treatments and drugs
  • Offer treatment and hope to patients whose disease is not responding to therapy
  • Foster collaboration with doctors and scientists around the world
  • Train the next generation of researchers 
  • Ensure that every Four Diamonds child, regardless of income, receives the highest quality of care

Arcadia FTK has hosted Dance All Knight since 2020 and has raised over $20,000.

“We’re fortunate to have students in the Arcadia community who are as passionate about helping kids affected by cancer as we are,” said Brigid Whelihan ’23, Co-President of Arcadia FTK. “While it’s fun to put on a great event, it’s even better to know that our efforts are for a greater cause than ourselves. We hope that our efforts this year and in years past will inspire more students to get involved in such an important mission.”