Rhode Island students raise $278K
for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

RHODE ISLAND STUDENTS have raised the highest percentage of money nationwide for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients. Community Elementary School in Cumberland raised $8,813.68, the most of any Rhode Island school. Pictured is Community Elementary School teacher Carol Kirkpatrick with, from left, students Brody, Ben and Cole. / COURTESY LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY

WARWICK – Students from 167 Rhode Island schools have raised $278,605 for the 2017-18 school year to fund blood cancer research through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student Series Pennies for Patients Campaign, according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Thursday.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest voluntary health agency aimed at fighting blood cancer, holds an annual national fundraising campaign, Pennies for Patients. Students nationwide spent three weeks during the 2017-18 school year partaking in programs that they designed, such as dance parties and competitions, to raise their donations.

Rhode Island earned the highest percentage nationally of participating schools and organizations. Nationally, more than 25,000 schools raised more than $29 million to help find a cure for leukemia, the leading fatal cancer in children.

“Thanks to research, nearly 90 percent of children with acute leukemia are now cured,” said Carla Mulhern, director of the Rhode Island Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  “But there still is a long way to go. Leukemia affects more children than any other cancer, so LLS’ Student Series Programs provide a meaningful way for kids to help kids. Every penny really does make a difference.”

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Top five Rhode Island fundraising schools:

  • Community Elementary School, Cumberland: $8,813.68
  • Cranston High School East, Cranston: $6,842.83
  • Wickford Middle School, North Kingston: $6,046.05
  • Davisville Middle School, North Kingstown: $5,468.56
  • Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth: $4,929.42

Haley Hunt is a PBN contributing writer.