The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society recently honored the Long Beach Unified School District with a Partners in Curing Cancer Award for local schools’ efforts to support cancer research.
“On behalf of the entire team here at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, we extend our sincere appreciation to you and your incredible educators and students in the Long Beach Unified School District,” said Shannon Sullivan, executive director of the organization’s California Southland Chapter.
During the 2017-18 school year, 34 schools in LBUSD participated in the LLS Student Series and its Pennies for Patients program, which has raised more than $315 million nationally for breakthrough therapies and patient services since it began.
The Student Series also provides service learning, character education, philanthropy and science curriculum that helps to support future scientists.
“Your kids are amazing!” Sullivan said. “They are an inspiration to us, and we are grateful for all you are doing to help support the LLS mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.”
LLS presented the award at Hughes Middle School, which also was singled out as a winner of the Decade of Difference National Award for its 10 years of participation in the program.
“I’ve seen the power of Pennies for Patients first-hand,” Sullivan said. “My second grader participated in Pennies for Patients this past year, and I witnessed the generosity and empathy this program brings to students. My son asked for endless chores to earn extra quarters during his three-week fundraising campaign. More important, he learned that life can be very different for kids diagnosed with cancer, and that he and his classmates can help make a difference.”
LLS is the largest nonprofit dedicated to creating a world without blood cancers. Learn more at lls.org.