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April 2, 2014

Career Center students raise Pennies for Patients

Money benefits Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

ELKHART — Every February since 2003, the Elkhart Area Career Center has conducted the Pennies for Patients campaign to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The medical assisting class coordinates the campaign by distributing collection boxes to every classroom. A contest among the classes is encouraged to raise the most money over a four-week period. At the end of the week, there is a Penny War and the classes are motivated to be the winner.

This year, Einstein Bakery donated bagels and Texas Roadhouse donated peanuts and the proceeds from those sales went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The automotive technology class was the lead class in donations this year. They collected more than $200 in coins.

“I donated pennies because it’s the right thing to do, and my grandfather passed away from cancer,” said Marcus Newton of Mishawaka. “I believe that there is a cure out there for cancer but hasn’t been discovered yet.”

“It’s always a great feeling of personal satisfaction to help other people expecting nothing in return,” said Joshua Mitchell of Mishawaka. “It’s a great thing to know you can help people just by donating your pocket change every day.”

Colton Hall of Elkhart Central said, “I figured since it was going to a great cause, why not pick up the pennies lying around the house and donate them.”

“The main reason I donated $80 worth of pennies is because my grandpa died of cancer in 2007 and my great-grandma in 2012,” explained Brandon Claire of Edwardsburg. “Usually when I spend money it hurts me and I don’t like to do it, but I had no problem going to the bank and getting all these pennies. It felt good.”

This year, the Elkhart Area Career Center’s donated more than $1,000 to the society, making the school’s total donation over the past nine years almost $9,000.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services.

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