DEXTER - Students at the Dexter Primary School in Dexter collected Pennies for Patients to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during the month of March. After three weeks of students bringing their spare change to school, the total was $917.35.
The top fundraising class was Mrs. Roderka’s second grade class. They raised $134.45 and won the pizza party awarded by the Society. “I am so proud of our students,” said Terry Wood, school principal at the Dexter Primary School. “They did a great job of giving selflessly and they really understood the mission of the Society and what the money is used for.”
Leukemia is the leading cause of disease-related death among children. An estimated 785,829 Americans have a blood cancer, and every five minutes, someone new is diagnosed. Since 1992, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 12 million elementary, middle and high school students nationwide. The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
“These students serve as an example to all of us through their commitment to helping others,” said Stacy Parr, Manager for the Massachusetts Chapter. “Their efforts will help local patients and their families along with funding blood cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston’s Children’s Hospital, New England Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital along with l3 other institutions throughout Massachusetts.”
For information regarding local programs and services of the Massachusetts Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, call (800) 688-6572 or visit our Web site at www.lls.org/ma.
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