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Stand up to cancer

Demi Nicolozakes Jon Jee Staff Published: February 14, 2012 7:27 AM

Every year in the United States alone, more than 97,000 people are diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma and over 30,000 will die. Leukemia and lymphoma are both blood cancers mostly found in people under the age of 20.

There are fundraisers for cancer everywhere people look. Even at JGHS, the Key Club puts on Pennies for Patients and over $1,000 is raised annually. Pennies for Patients is a fundraiser for the treatment of kids with leukemia and lymphoma. Pride Periods can compete to see who can raise the most money and the winner will receive a pizza party, said Key Club adviser Heather Barclay.

Ever since Pennies for Patients started in North Carolina in 1995, more than $125 million has been raised and survival rates have increased tremendously. While sadly there is still no cure for cancer, with high support many believe the cure will soon be found. I think Pennies for Patients is a great fundraiser because it shows how every penny truly counts, and if everyone donates just a little bit then itll make a huge difference, said Key Club vice president Elena Nicolozakes.

Too many, people know the feeling of losing a loved one to cancer, but imagine if you had the power to save. Its possible to donate as little as a penny and have huge impact on someone elses life. I think someone can donate as little as they want because in this fundraiser every cent really does count, said Key Club secretary Lundy Lowry.

Every year Key Club puts on many fundraisers to donate more money towards Pennies for Patients like the Sweethearts dance on Feb.25 and carnation sales; now its your turn. Pennies for Patients started Feb. 6 and ends March 5. Students just need to look for the Pennies for Patients donation boxes to help make a difference.

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