2012-04-12 / Local & State

SF Holds Pennies For Patients Fundraiser

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Pictured, left: Jenna Hollenshead, Kim Rindt, Courtney Strait, Marley Elbin, Kelsey White, Alyssa O’Neil and Macey Hollenshead. Pictured, left: Jenna Hollenshead, Kim Rindt, Courtney Strait, Marley Elbin, Kelsey White, Alyssa O’Neil and Macey Hollenshead. For three weeks in March, Southern Fulton High School students participated in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s School 7 Youth Program, Pennies for Patients.

LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Founded in 1949, LLS pursues the mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

An estimated 1,012,533 people in the United States are living with, or are in remission from leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non- Hodgkin lymphoma or myeloma. Approximately every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer. Approximately every 10 minutes someone dies. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 20.

Pennies for Patients is a service-learning program that gives students a unique experience to make a difference through teamwork – working together to aid thousands of children and adults in the fight against blood cancers like leukemia. This service project was led by the members of the Interact Club that is sponsored by the Hancock Rotary Club. The students raised $500.26 by collecting more than 50 pounds of spare change from friends, relatives and underneath the couch cushions to support this cause. By collecting spare change, students learn quickly that every penny can make a big difference. The money will be used to support patient and community services, research, public health and education.

The top fundraising classroom of Joe Hollenshead will recieve a pizza party as a reward for its hard work.

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