by Lisa Tome
Chance Lantz has a very good reason for participating in North East High School's Pennies for Patients fundraiser.
"My great aunt has leukemia. I see the effect on the family and I know a little (donation) goes a long way to pitch in for research and help the patients," said Lantz, a junior at the school.
North East High is participating in the fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland for the first time. The school's student government is sponsoring the event. It was originally set to be held in February. It was pushed back due to the large amount of inclement weather days.
Jennie Rengers serves at the advisor for the student government. She said she received literature from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and decided it was a cause worthy of participation. The dates for collection have changed five times. The event is now set for March 10-31.
"We do the school blood drives twice a year but we were looking for a cause. They really latched onto this," said Rengers.
The first week, the collection will be held in the school cafeteria. Students and staff will be asked to contribute. The second week of the fundraiser is "Orange you glad you're healthy week". That week will earn a free breakfast for whichever first period class turns out wearing the most orange. The third week is "Kiss Cancer Goodbye" week. For a donation, students will receive a bag of Hershey Kisses and a paper to hang on the wall stating that they donated.
It will also be a week of cancer education for the whole school. Cancer facts will be read on the school announcements, daily.
Student government member Dimitri Desforges said he is glad to work for Pennies for Patients. "It's important. We get to help people less fortunate. A little goes a long way," said Desforges.