Today, spare change can be a hassle. Many people have small fortunes building up in coffee mugs, piggy banks, couch cushions, and cup-holders waiting for the day when someone gets tired of all these coins piling up and finally drives to the bank —a day which never seems to come.
Fortunately, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) has come up with a way to both save families from drowning in coins, and save the lives of those dealing with various types of blood cancer.
For 17 years, Pennies for Patients — a fundraiser run by LLS — has been collecting spare change from 10 million schools of all grade levels and has raised millions of dollars for cancer research. This money goes towards aiding in earlier diagnosis of disease, safer treatment options, and a cure. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was founded in 1949—a time when few people survived this kind of cancer—and is a non-profit organization which has significantly aided efforts to combat myeloma, leukemia, and lymphoma. Through their efforts, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has followed the medical field through many critical discoveries.
According to the society, “The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) was born out of a family´s grief following the death of their teenage son.” Robert Roesler de Villiers, in 1944, was diagnosed with leukemia when he was only 16. Treatment for such a disease was considered hopeless, especially for young people. Pennies for Patients is a chance for kids and their parents to continue the Villiers’ fight to keep anyone—their child or anyone else’s—from dying of blood cancer.
The Terry Junior High FCCLA is collecting spare change to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The campaign is called Pennies for Patients. Change jars are placed around the schools in hopes to collect $300 by March 14, 2014. For more information you can go to http://www.schoolandyouth.org/school/
Published February 12, 2014