St. Louis Students Join the Fight Against Blood Cancer

Students Join the Fight Against Blood Cancer

Schools are signing up for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student Series, a Life-Saving Fundraising Program

St. Louis, MO (August 23, 2018) – Leukemia affects more children than any other cancer, so The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student Series program provides a meaningful way for kids to help kids. These programs engage millions of students from thousands of schools across the U.S., from elementary through high school, to teach them how to set and reach goals and the value of community involvement with programs they design to raise funds to support the LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Student Series is a series of service learning, character education and philanthropy programs where students gain the unique experience of helping thousands of people in their fight against blood cancers. Programs are tailored to each school level so students can grow with the Student Series and have an even greater impact on the lives of patients:

  • Pennies for Patients is a three-week program for Elementary and Middle Schools where students collect change and raise funds online while learning about service and philanthropy. 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.
  • Collect For Cures is a program for high school students to demonstrate leadership, creativity and teamwork to make an impact and raise money for blood cancer research.
  • Students of the Year is the leadership development and philanthropy program for highly motivated high school students. Individual Students and teams they form participate in a fundraising competition to benefit LLS.

In the 2018-19 Student Series campaign, LLS is offering a comprehensive K-8 STEM curriculum to schools registered in a Student Series program, and will provide teachers with hands-on experiential activities and lessons that cover key Common Core skills.

Since it began in 1993, Student Series has helped LLS invest almost $1 billion in research to advance breakthrough cancer treatments that are saving lives today, and improving the quality of life for patients and their families.

“By participating, not only will kids learn about making an impact, but about leadership, teamwork, philanthropy and what “doing good” for others can mean,” said Debbie Kersting, LLS’s Gateway Chapter Executive Director. “It’s a program that is truly meaningful because kids learn that their efforts really make a difference. As children move through their years at school, they can grow with the Student Series.”

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. Contact your local chapter at 314.590.2230 or

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.


Carol Klipsch


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