Students at proudly participated in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program, one of LLS’s national School & YouthSM Programs that raises money to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma while providing information and support services to patients and their families.
For the fourth consecutive year, River Eves Elementary has earned over $3,000 to support the Pennies for Patients program,” said Linda Patton, River Eves School counselor. “We love to help other children and we are excited about how our efforts can help.”
The $3,339.39 donation from River Eves can be used in some of the following ways:
- $2,000 can fund a researcher to work for two weeks under an LLS grant
- $750 can cover the cost of tissue-typing 10 people to become bone marrow donors
- $250 pays for 10 prescription co-payments for patients
- $200 allows LLS to host a Family Support Group Program for one year
- $100 pays for two CT scans
- The remaining $39.39 covers the cost of sending a comprehensive packet of information for a child with cancer
Pennies for Patients teaches students caring, sharing, respect for others and the value of community service, in addition to supporting an important cause. The need for cures is critical: nearly 912,900 Americans are battling blood cancers, and leukemia remains the leading cause of disease-related death among children under 20.
“This was a great experience for our students,” said Neil Pinnock, principal at River Eves Elementary. “It taught them that they can make an important difference in the lives of others. It is gratifying that our students’ efforts are benefiting an outstanding organization like LLS.”
In 2010-2011, more than 560 Georgia schools raised a record $645,000, and joined 25,000 schools across the country in raising $21 million through School & Youth Programs.
For information regarding local programs and services of the Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, call (404) 720-7843 or visit the website.