ELKHART — Every February, since 2003, the Elkhart Area Career Center has been conducting Pennies for Patients campaigns 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 the Medical Assisting class sold bagels and hot chocolate to raise funds.
In addition, Elkhart General Hospital staff donated gently used scrubs and the proceeds from that sale went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Elkhart Area Career Center’s total 2013 donation to the Society was $1,150, making the total donation over the past nine years of almost $8,000.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The Society offers a variety of programs and services in support of their mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.