From January 10th till March 1st, sophomore Makayla Banton and her team are fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), looking to raise $10,000.
“I have a monetary goal of $10,000 for my entire team, I want to get more. My ideal goal is like $50,000 or more. Cause that’s the point where you can like name a branch of research that’s being funded, you can name it after someone.” Banton said.
Banton was recruited by Mrs. Ary, her counselor, to fundraise for the LLS campaign.
“There were some other people she wanted to do it as well but they declined so I was like ‘sure I’ll look into it’ and it’s, we’re fundraising for cancer research and it’s blood cancer specifically and even though my mom has just like, a brain tumor, I feel like it’s still good to give something to the community of people who do have cancer and kinda give back in that way.” Banton said.
Banton looked to her close friends for help with the fundraiser, explaining how the fundraiser has a chance to really change lives.
“I would love to make the world a better place, so you know, just by donating and fundraising for LLS I feel like that’s just a step closer to bringing people home from the hospital and taking care of people with blood cancer.” sophomore Melissa Richardson said.
The LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting for a cure for blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma.
“I wanna be a doctor and I’m always interested in like finding new cures and like, cause I want to help people a lot.” sophomore Jonathan Bartling said.
Each member of the team of 11 has a website where anyone can donate as much as they want towards the campaign.
“Going to any of those websites and donating even a dollar, like our big thing that I’ve been talking to my team about a lot, is that every penny counts.” Banton said.
While the major fundraiser is happening over a six week period, donating doesn’t have to happen during the fundraiser.
“You can pretty much donate whenever you want because cancer is always looking for money to fund their research.” Richardson said.
The LLS doesn’t just raise money for blood cancer research, they also have a goal of improving the quality of life of patients and their families.
“I personally haven’t been affected by like people who have died due to cancers and other forms a disease but I know how hard it can be for people who have loved ones who had to deal with that or they’re dealing with themselves.” Bartling said.
“You can impact the world and the research,” Richardson said, ““I think that it’s the idea that we can change the world.”
Written by Cady Russell, Staff Writer