Students at both Gardner Edgerton School District middle schools raised nearly $3,000 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in January.
Mustangs and Jaguars collected spare change for several weeks dubbed “Pennies for Patients.”
The 815 students at Wheatridge Middle School raised $1,200 in spare change. To celebrate, staff organized a “Pie a Staff Member” event on Feb. 3.
At Pioneer Ridge, 675 students raised $1,758.75.
“These students serve as an example to all of us through their commitment to helping others,” said Rebekah Wells, Pennies for Patients campaign manager for the Mid-America Chapter. “This is a program everyone can participate in, and take pride in.  Their giving truly is making a difference in the lives of patients’ right here in our area.”
Leukemia is the number one cancer killer of children and young adults under the age of 20.  An estimated 1 million Americans have blood cancers, and every four minutes, a new diagnosis occurs.  Last year $26 million was raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students nationwide. The mission of The Leukemia & Lyphoma Society is: to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.