Lincoln-Way students, staff raise $11,697.67 for cancer research

Students and staff donated their loose change during a Pennies for Patients campaign at the four high schools.

Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 students are making a difference in the lives of families stricken with cancer.

Students from all four Lincoln-Way schools – Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln-Way North and Lincoln-Way West – recently raised $11,697.67 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in conjunction with Make a Difference Day.

The money was collected during a Pennies for Patients campaign at each school and presented to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society representatives Wade Robinson and Andi Cannata during a TEAM Asset meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Lincoln-Way Central High School.

“We thank you guys from the bottom of our hearts,” Cannata told the group, explaining how the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.

It is estimated that 1,012,533 people across the United States currently battle leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers a free, comprehensive array of services to blood cancer patients and their families, volunteer caregivers and advocates, healthcare professionals and the public.

“We couldn’t do that without your help,” said Cannata.

According to school district records, Lincoln-Way students and staff have donated $96,656.68 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since 2006.

Students raise the money by setting up collection tables in the lunchrooms each year and encouraging classmates and teachers to donate loose change during their lunch periods.

The Pennies for Patients drive is only one of a number of community service projects organized by District 210 students each year in conjunction with Make a Difference Day.

Other projects have included trash pickup along Route 30, a collection of school supplies for underprivileged children and a collection of non-perishable food items for local food pantries.

“Anything we can do as a school to impress on our kids that in order to help make this world a better place for all of us to live and work we must reach out to help others,” said Superintendent Lawrence A. Wyllie. “Our staff and students have always been good at these types of programs, but it is more important now than ever before.”

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