It’s that time of year again
where we come together as a school to help others. Since 2005, Gubser Elementary has
participated in a community service project called “Pennies for Patients”.
Starting March 3 we will be collecting change, cash, and checks (made out to
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) to be donated to the Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society. The last day to turn
in money for this program will be March 20th, which is the last day
of parent teacher conferences before Spring Break. The Pennies program helps to create public
awareness for childhood blood cancers and more importantly, raises funds for
patient aid programs and local blood cancer research at OHSU. The money we donate is spent on patient and
community services, research, public health and professional education. Last year over 30,000 patients received
patient financial aid from LLS.
In the US, an
estimated 12,060 new cancer cases was expected to occur among children and
adolescents 0 to 14 years of age in 2012. Leukemia is the most common cancer in
children, adolescents and young adults.
The survival rate for the most common form of childhood leukemia has
increased from 35 in 1954 to 88% in 2010!
LLS currently funds four researchers in our chapter area totaling $8.6
million. For more information you can
visit there website at www.lls.org.
During the collection time,
each classroom will have a container to collect money in. Students will receive a mini donation box to
collect money in and from there they will put it in their classroom donation
box. The money will be counted weekly to
see where each classroom is at with donations amounts. At the end of March, the classroom that has
raised the most money will get to have a lunch party hosted by Olive
Garden. This is one of Olive Garden’s
ways of donating to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Thank you for joining us in
helping to find a cure!
Michelle Mills, School Counselor