Northside Elementary holds Pennies for Patients fundraiser supporting Leukemia and Lymphoma

Northside Elementary School students raised more than $2,700 to support research into finding cures for leukemia and lymphoma. 

TIFTON – Northside Elementary School held a fundraiser called Pennies for Patients to support research in cures for leukemia and lymphoma. 

The school holds the fundraiser annually as a community outreach project for its student council, said CaMicha Ryce, school counselor. During the campaign, students, staff and the community were asked to donate money in the form of coins, dollars and checks to support the cause.

Ryce said the school raised a total of $2,771.77 and in just one day the school raised a total of $1,400 alone for the fundraising campaign.

Ryce said she thinks part of the success of this year's fundraiser came from including the story of student Ruben Gomez, who was diagnosed with T Cell leukemia in February 2020 when he was 9 years old. Ruben is now 10 years old in the fourth grade and is in remission, Ryce said. 

"These students worked very hard to raise money," Ryce said. "There were a few students who raised over $100. These students included first-grader Johnesha Searcy donating $110, third-grader Sophia Morales donating $167 and pre-K student Isabella Sanchez donating $581."

Student Council President Lakota Simmons, a fifth-grader, said she "loved participating in (the) Pennies for Patients campaign."

Lakota believes "supporting such a great cause (will hopefully) one day lead to a cure" as so "many people are affected" by these types of cancer.

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