Students raise over $900 for leukemia
Published: Thursday, April 4th, 2013
After learning and watching a film about children with leukemia, sixth grade students Shayanna Woodward and Claira Sedlacek decided to take action and do something to help leukemia patients and families. The result was over $900 raised for Pennies for Patients.
“We knew it was a good idea to help people and it made us feel really good to help,” Sedlacek said.
“I think it’s important because a lot of kids are affected with leukemia,” Woodward said. “One kid here (Gavin Scragg) was diagnosed with leukemia. We wanted to do something to help him and kids like him.”
Woodward and Sedlacek also wanted to help raise funds for the families who cannot afford to pay for all of the treatment costs.
“The money will help with costs, treatments and some equipment,” Woodward said.
“Some of it may also be used for research to stop leukemia,” Sedlacek added.
The two became involved with Pennies for Patients after Custer Elementary School principal Carol Veit asked if Woodward would be interested in doing a student council-related fundraiser.
“We wanted to do something for student council and Mrs. Veit asked if I would be interested in helping,” Woodward said. “Claira is one of my best friends and I asked her to help.”
Together the girls made posters to hang up at school, spoke to the entire school during an assembly and held a money drive for one full school week.
“Monday was penny day, Tuesday was nickel day, Wednesday was quarter day and Thursday was dollar day,” Woodward said. “Our fundraiser goal was $600, but we never expected to raise $905.47. We were thrilled. It felt really good.”
Since 1994, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students. Funds from Pennies for Patients benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which researches and tries to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease and myeloma and aims to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
“We learned about leukemia and watched videos on it and it was really bad,” Sedlacek said. “It’s really sad there’s no cure and not much we can do, but I hope this money will somehow help those people with leukemia and their families who are suffering with it.”
After the fundraiser was over, Woodward and Sedlacek not only felt good about their work, but they also learned a lot.
“I learned teamwork is very important,” Woodward said. “I felt really good when we finished.”
“It’s always good to do the right thing,” Sedlacek added. “It makes me feel good to know that I am helping people. I like to help people.”
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