Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Pennies For Patients

Giving Hope to Children with Life Threatening Blood Cancer

Every year, schools across the country participate in an event called Pennies for Patients. Pennies for Patients is a nationwide fundraiser that brings in money for very sick children. These children have suffered physical ailments that most adults wont have to endure in their lifetime, and they need your help. All money donated goes directly to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

During the few weeks that schools run the Pennies for Patients fundraiser, students and their families are encouraged to bring in loose change from home. Any form of monetary donation is accepted, however, and every cent is put to a worthwhile cause. Checks can are accepted, as well, and can be made out to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. With the money that is collected, the society provides education to children about Leukemia, and the importance of finding a cure. The mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, is to cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease and Myeloma. It is also used to improve the quality of life of both the patients and their families.

Typically by donating directly to schools, there is some reward for the class that collects the most money. Last year my son's class was rewarded with a pizza party for collecting over
$ 300.00. Not only do the kids learn a valuable lesson in giving to others, but they get to celebrate their generosity by having a little fun for themselves too.

If your child or family member is in school, chances are they are collecting money right now. This is such an important cause, please help teach the child in your life the importance of giving to others in need. Send some spare change, or a few extra dollars, and make a difference. Donations can also be made online at the Leukemia & Lymphoma site.