Washington, DC - The 2013 Pennies For Patients High School Challenge is set to begin Monday, February 4, with 16 local schools competing for the title of top fundraising high school in the DC Metropolitan Area. This unique four-week competition encourages students to think outside the box and develop leadership and fundraising skills in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Societyy's (LLS) National Capital Area Chapter.
The competing schools have set a collective goal of raising $175,000 for the LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Fabulous fundraising events, such as movie nights, fun runs and date auctions, are organized by student groups at each school to engage community participation and assistance in reaching this goal. Last year, 14 high schools collected an incredible $151,308.46.
These students have the incredible opportunity to make a difference in the lives of local patients currently fighting blood cancers or in remission. Honored Heroes like Daniel Eisig, age 14 of Damascus High School, help to provide inspiration and drive to the philanthropists of tomorrow. Daniel was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) at the age of 10 years-old. After undergoing multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant, he is now cancer free and making it his mission to see that no one goes through the things he has endured.
At the end of the four-week competition, the top fundraising high school will receive top honors and an incredible opportunity from our generous sponsors at Pepco. One junior or senior student from this school will be awarded with a prestigious eight-week summer internship with Pepco at their headquarters in Washington, DC. The student will assist the Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility Department with the planning of the Pepco Employee Volunteer breakfast, and work on special projects in the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, a space dedicated to serving area non-profit and art organizations.
The 16 High Schools engaging in the 2013 Pennies For Patients High School Challenge are:
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
Gaithersburg High School
James Hubert Blake High School
Paint Branch Sr High School
Poolesville High School
Richard Montgomery High School
Seneca Valley High School
Walter Johnson High School
Walt Whitman High School
Wheaton Senior High School
Prince George's County
Duval High School
Frederick Douglass High School
Northern Virginia (Prince William, Loudoun & Fairfax Counties)
Annandale High School
Lake Braddock Secondary School
Osbourn Park High School
Stonewall Jackson High School
Thank you to our Pennies For Patients High School Challenge sponsors that include Pepco, Domino's, and Hot 99.5, and our Honorary Chairs, Chris Pontius of D.C. United and Cynne Simpson of ABC7. To learn more about the 2013 High School Challenge and events, please visit our website .