Students at KMS pitch in to fight leukemia |

Students at KMS pitch in to fight leukemia

Jill Darby

Kingsbury Middle School students are proving there is more to teen-agers than attitude.

The middle school’s Honor Society, under the direction of faculty adviser Carly Kester, began raising funds in February for Pennies for Patients.

Schools across the nation participated in Pennies for Patients Feb. 12 through March 2, in conjunction with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a nonprofit organization aimed at helping researchers find a cure for leukemia and its related cancers.

Honor Society members at Kingsbury Middle School organized the fund-raiser, decorated and distributed collection boxes and counted change.

All money raised goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which then distributes it to families dealing with the struggles associated with leukemia and similar cancers.

Truckee resident Zachary Hanham, 4, was diagnosed Aug. 28, 1999, with Lymphoblastic Lymphoma with the Philadelphia Chromosome split.

Posters featuring young Zachary’s picture and explaining his condition were posted throughout the middle school to encourage and motivate students to donate their spare change.

Home rooms competed against one another to see which one could raise the most money for Zachary and others like him.

Cindi Wells’ sixth-grade home room brought in $525 in coins, the largest sum at school. Together, Kingsbury students raised more than $1,300 for the society.

“I think everyone was very enthusiastic about this fund-raiser,” Kester said. “They were motivated and excited and really wanted to help that little boy (Zachary).”

A representative from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is expected to pick up Kingsbury Middle School’s donation.

“Zachary Hanham’s family already receives aid from us,” said Christina Fritschi, the society’s local chapter representative. “They are eligible to receive $750 a year in aid and that goes toward things insurance doesn’t cover.”

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a national organization. Its local chapter serves 38 counties in Northern California and Nevada.

For information or to make a donation, call 1-800-410-8170.

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