Spare change gathered to help beat cancer

Posted January 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm

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COOPERSTOWN – Students from Griggs County Central School in Cooperstown collected donations during the month of December as part of the 23rd Annual Pennies for Patients program, benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Students teamed together, each contributing a little and the total was an amazing $449.37. Citizens State Bank counted the many, many coins.

The top fundraising class was Mrs. Ellefson’s second grade class. They donated $5.06 per student and a total of $75.92. In second place with $4.60 per student for a total of $92.16 was Mrs. Anderson’s fourth grade class. The top fundraising in the high school was done by Miss Bialke’s Cougar Time Class.

According to Cortney Hornung, one of the coordinators of the project, “One person or one penny acting alone doesn’t accomplish much, but when we all work together, anything is possible. The students, especially the elementary, and their teachers did a great job of giving selflessly to help children and others battling blood cancer.” The other organizers of this activity were Alicia Larsgaard and Desiree Cameron. These youth leaders are planning a pizza/ice cream sundae party to reward the top fundraising groups.

“These students serve as an example to all of us through their commitment to helping others,” said Kelly Fegley, campaign director at LLS. “Their efforts will help local patients and their families along with funding blood cancer research at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic.”

Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and young adults less than 20 years old. An estimated one million Americans are living with a blood cancer, and every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed. Since 1992, over $8.5 million has been raised locally by thousands of pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle, high school and college students. For information regarding local programs and services of the Minnesota Chapter serving MN, ND and SD, call (888)220-4440 or visit