ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School’s Rox-THON is Friday, May 21 and will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for students in grades 9-12 with a capacity of 150 students. The event will be outside and feature different COVID-safe games/activities and will feature music and an hourly “line dance”.

The high school club was founded with the ideals of supporting families and donating funds for pediatric cancer and this year the determination to continue with the cause has been unwavering.

“The event will certainly look different compared to previous years, but we’re excited to continue supporting this cause. It’s important to remember that while the world shut down over the last year, families continued to hear the devastating news that “your child has cancer”. We are hoping to spread the word and encourage our community to support this worthwhile cause,” said Rox-THON advisor Mike Gottfried.

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“We’re also looking into the option of live streaming parts of our event: our welcome and “family hour”, which features guest speakers including state Sen. Anthony Bucco, Chrissy Aulenbach (former district employee who lost her son Henry in December 2019), Kelly Blanchette (Child Life Specialist at the Valerie Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital) and Willow Bradley (current senior whose sister passed away from cancer this past year).”

Over $300,000 has been raised in the past seven years with the majority of the efforts generated by student leadership.

To help support this cause or to purchase a 2021 Rox-THON t-shirt, visit https://rhsroxthon.salsalabs.org/roxthon2021/index.html or send a check (made payable to “RHS Rox-THON”) to Roxbury High School Attn: Mike Gottfried, 1 Bryant Dr. Succasunna, NJ 07876. Any inquiries can be directed to rhsroxthon@roxbury.org.

Rox-THON, formally mini-THON, is a branch of the better-known Penn State’s THON that raises money for pediatric cancer. Two years ago, the Roxbury club branched into its own organization in order to keep the majority of the raised funds locally.