Students in nursery school through eighth grade at The Brandeis School in Lawrence raised nearly $2,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients program. In Brandeis’s three years of participation that is the largest amount collected, school officials said.
Fifth-grader Avi Nessim raised almost $800, which helped his grade raise the most at the school. The winning fifth-graders will take part in the society’s annual Gelatin Splash this month in honor of their classmate, Yoni Glattman, who has been treatment-free for nearly two years. They will have the opportunity to run down a slide into a tub filled with the sugary treat.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the largest global voluntary health organization dedicated to finding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Its mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.