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IC Elementary & Middle Schools Collecting Pennies for Patients

(March 17, 2017) Beginning March 20, and running through April 7, the Ichabod Crane Elementary and Middle Schools will be joining 29,000 schools nationwide in the fight against blood cancers by participating in the “Pennies for Patients” program.

For the next few weeks, we will help people who are sick with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Students will be given an informational letter and a collection box to collect coins. Students bring the boxes back to their home room teacher or drop off in the office.

Do you know what blood cancer is? It is a disease that occurs in the blood crowding out healthy blood cells so they can't do their job. When someone has a blood cancer, they have to go through treatment for a long period of time - sometimes as long as 3 years! Did you know that some of the treatments for blood cancers are chemotherapy, radiation, and bone marrow transplant ?

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Donations from “Pennies for Patients” help to pay for medicines, the doctor, and other treatment-related expenses, in addition to help funding research on finding a cure. If our schools raise a minimum of $500.00, the top selling home room will earn a pizza party. Additionally, each homeroom that raises $100-$199 will earn a bronze pennant, $200-$299 will earn a silver pennant, and over $300 will earn a gold pennant to proudly display on their home room. Every student that brings back their box will have their name put up on the “Pennies Wall” for all to see. We’ll round out the campaign with “Stuck for a Buck” where students can donate a dollar for a piece of duct tape to help tape their favorite Principals to the wall!

Your efforts are helping kids with cancer and funding research around the world to help find cures. Please join Student Council along with our schools and help support the “Pennies for Patients” program.