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Saluda students help Pennies for Patients program

Students brought their spare change to the school and donated money to wear hats during the school day. Students, faculty and staff members also donated money to have the opportunity to duct tape their school counselor to the wall. Faculty and staff at the school donated money to wear blue jeans on Friday. Several Saluda restaurants helped by allowing collection canisters to be placed at their locations, and Don Mintz Builders supplied the duct tape for the &uot;Stuck for a Buck&uot; event.Leukemia is the leading cause of cancer death among children. An estimated 850,000 Americans have blood cancers, and every five minutes, someone new is diagnosed. Since 1992, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 12 million elementary, middle, and high school students nationwide. The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin&squo;s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.&uot;These students serve as an example to all of us through their commitment to helping others, &uot; said Chanda Courtney, campaign manager for the Western North Carolina Chapter. &uot;Their efforts will help local patients and their families along with funding blood cancer research in North Carolina.&uot;For information regarding local programs and services of the Western North Carolina Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, call (800) 888-9934 or visit www.lls.org/nc.