DEDHAM, Maine — Students at the Dedham Elementary School collected Pennies for Patients to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the month of March.
After three weeks of students bringing their spare change to school, the total was $784.86. The top fundraising class was Mrs. Kelly’s third grade, which raised $142.58 and won a pizza party awarded by the society.
In addition, Mrs. Handley, middle school teacher and student council adviser, challenged the entire student body. If they could raise $750, she would dye her hair purple. They did, and so she did.
Leukemia is the leading cause of disease-related death among children. An estimated 785,829 Americans have 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 and Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
For information regarding local programs and services of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, call 800-688-6572 or visit www.lls.org/ma.