The Leukemia and Lymphoma
School and Youth
Community Service Program
EVERY PENNY COUNTS
What is Pennies for Patients?
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s premiere School and Youth program
allows students to raise funds and awareness of blood cancers.
Simply choose a three week period that fits your schedule in the fall or
spring, and students will collect spare change and dollars. The Society will
provide your school with all the materials you need to conduct a fun and
educational campaign including curriculum guides, fundraising ideas, parent
letters, fun facts, patient services information, a CD/DVD with a video, and,
Our youth are learning that they can make a huge difference one penny at a
time, and the class raising the most money is recognized with a lunch party and
other fun incentives! Based on the amount of funds raised, your school may
qualify to receive gift certificates for needed school supplies or equipment. At
the end of the school year, schools bringing in the most money receive
recognition and awards.
Because leukemia is the most common type of cancer in children and young adults
under the age of 20.
Because the equivalent of two classrooms of children are diagnosed with cancer
Because every 5 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, and, every 10
minutes someone loses their battle. At the end of the day, six people every hour,148
people every day die from blood cancer.
Because you can make a difference! Because of people like you, survival rates have
tripled in the past 50 years.
Why should we participate?
Chemotherapy - use of anti-cancer drugs; the most common type of
treatment for blood cancer patients
Radiation – Often used in conjunction with chemotherapy
Immunotherapy – Immune cells or antibodies are used to fight the
disease and suppress it’s progression through antibody treatment,
administering a vaccine, and using a patient’s own NK (natural killer)
Blood or Bone Marrow transplant – The use of blood or marrow stem
cells from a healthy donor, often, a sibling with the same tissue type.
Blood Cancer Treatments
The money goes to the best of the best researchers who work around the clock
looking for a cure. Since 1949, the Society has funded more than $814 million
in research grants.
The money goes to finding newer and better blood cancer therapies with
fewer side effects as well as development of medical technology useful
beyond blood cancer treatments.
The money goes far beyond cancer treatment, reaching millions of patients
with chronic illnesses. Medicines developed with LLS funding are being used
for rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
The money goes to assist patients who need co-pay assistance or help buying
medicines, and to support groups, and educational and advocacy programs.
Where does the money go?
Today, almost ONE MILLION people are heroically battling a blood
cancer while they rely on research to find their cure. Many of these
heroes are infants and children.
Kolton, Cheyene, Mary Kate, J.C., Kaitlin, and Collin are all blood
cancer patients who live in the North Texas area. They have all
received treatments developed with funding provided by LLS. Because
programs like PENNIES FOR PATIENTS, they received life saving
medication. Thankfully, they are all in remission and living healthy,
active lives thanks to people like you.
They are just six examples of youngsters who have struggled with
cancer as children. You can dedicate your program in honor of a local
hero, and make a huge difference!
Honor a Hero
Pasta for Pennies Kick Off Assmbly April 28
Program Dates April 28-May 6th
Clarence Day Oakley, Jr.
Annabelle Oakley (survivor)
Billy Mack Black
Your School’s Connection
A huge thank you to your school on behalf of
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for
bringing us closer to finding a cure!
Thank you to all of the staff and students
for your commitment and dedication to our
* Keep a rough tally of
your totals to help with
the top classroom
*Create a new fundraising
idea in your classroom.
One teacher charged $.50
for students to use the
*Have fun and enjoy your
Steps to Success
* Set a goal for your
* Use the curriculum
provided. Visit our
website for an
* Share facts and info
about blood cancers and
the program each day.