On Thursday, Sept. 30, students at Penn State Worthington Scranton will be hosting a party, and hopefully, raising a lot of money in donations, for a four-year-old Northeastern Pennsylvania girl suffering from stage 4 neuroblastoma.
When students at Worthington Scranton first learned of Audrianna Bartol, a four-year-old girl from Hazleton, via the social networking site, Facebook, they felt the need to do something for this little girl and a group of them started thinking about what exactly they could do.
Audrianna's Dance Party is what resulted from that desire and will feature free food, face paintings, raffles and live entertainment, including a campus band, Jolnar's Angels, that will play from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The event was organized by the Worthington Scranton Paranormal Society and the Nursing Club. It will take place in the Multi-Purpose Building, with doors opening at 3 p.m. only for students, faculty and staff. The event will then be open to the public from 6 to 10 p.m.
The dance party will serve several purposes - to raise awareness of Audrianna's plight; to help raise money to donate toward her family's medical expenses; and to provide a fun evening for all those who know and care about Audrianna, as well as anyone interested in coming out to help a good cause.
Neuroblastoma is a cancerous tumor that begins in nerve tissue of infants and very young children. Most children affected by neuroblastoma are diagnosed before age 5. In the United States, approximately 500 children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year. It is the most common tumor found in children younger than 1 year of age.
Organizers are inviting the community to come out and help Audrianna in her fight against neuroblastoma. Audrianna's Dance Party is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted and greatly appreciated. It will take place, Thursday, Sept. 30 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.