Student-initiated donation drive provides money to help fund pediatric cancer research
Loveland, Oh. - Members of the Loveland Middle School (LMS) National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) wanted to help. That was how it started. The small group approached a willing teacher sponsor, and an idea turned into a fundraising plan that ended in a check presentation to Cancer Free Kids Thursday, May 1.
“This was really driven by the students,” said Jayson Bruce, LMS math teacher and sponsor of the fundraising initiative. “They approached me, and planned it all – I could not be more proud of these students.”
"I created the Dodgeball to Dodge Cancer tournament to raise money for cancer research in a fun way,” said Samuel Wenger, LMS student organizer. “I believe my school had a lot of fun while raising the money. That was my goal from the beginning."
Through the dodge ball tournament and a bake sale, students raised $1,001 for Cancer Free Kids, a Loveland-based nonprofit organization that provides money to fund pediatric cancer research.
“We cannot thank the students at Loveland Middle School enough for the money and awareness that they raised for pediatric cancer research,” said Barb King, Cancer Free Kids. “The sad reality is that childhood cancer research is severely underfunded, so we rely on the generosity of private donors to help fund this life-saving research for kids with cancer. The best part of my job is seeing when kids step up to help other kids, just like the students at Loveland Middle School did. They should feel proud that they truly are making a difference in the lives of kids with cancer. We could not do it without them.”