CVESD Students Impact Cancer Fight

CVESD Students Raise Funds to Impact Cancer Fight
Posted on 08/21/2019
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District students raised more than $67,000 in the 2018-19 school year to help fund blood cancer research and provide hope to thousands of patients and their families through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program.


Students aren’t stopping there. With the support of Superintendent Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D., and staff members across the District, students are ready to raise more funds than ever to impact the fight against cancer.


“Because of new and better therapies, blood cancer survival rates for children have improved significantly during the last several decades,” said Kathlene Seymour, LLS San Diego/Hawaii Chapter Executive Director. “But there is still more work to be done. Leukemia is one of the most common types of cancer in children and adolescents, so LLS’s Student Series programs provide a meaningful way for kids to help kids. Every penny really does make a difference.”


The fight was personal for several schools in the District, which had students fighting blood cancer. The Pennies for Patients Program is designed to teach children how to set and reach goals, and the value of community Leukemia and Lymphoma Society logo is featured here as part of District's awareness campaign.involvement. Students spent three weeks during the 2018-19 school year on programs they designed to raise funds to help bring about a world without blood cancers. By contributing their spare change and participating in other special fundraising events, they’re helping LLS fund lifesaving research.


Thanks to Olive Garden, Student Series’ national partner, LLS has designed a series of lesson plans for teachers to use in the classroom in response to the growing trend of making serving learning and character education part of the curriculum. The lesson plans integrate the theme of LLS’s Pennies for Patients® programs into all academic areas. (Some may have known this program by its former name Pennies for Pasta.)


Registering for LLS’s Student Series Programs is fast and easy at Teachers, parents and school administrators may also call their local LLS chapter for more information.


Dr. Escobedo congratulated the 23 CVESD schools that raised funds for LLS last year. “I am incredibly proud of this impressive increase in fundraising, but I also believe we can do even better to become the leading fundraising school district in the county,” Dr. Escobedo said. “I would also like to give special recognition to Arroyo Vista Charter School, which placed second in the San Diego/Hawaii Chapter Region in raising over $7,201 in the 2018-19 school year.” 


CVESD has 49 schools, including dependent and independent charters, and nearly 30,000 students predominately in grades TK-6.


About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.


Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.


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