The Weber School’s Team Rams exceeded its goal of raising $70,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year Campaign. “Team Rams: Charging Towards the Cure,” led by students Spencer Dickson and Megan Greenberg, raised $96,000, which was part of the total Georgia student haul of almost $1.7 million.
The team used a combination of corporate sponsors, including EarthLink and Taco Mac, as well as local family foundations, an auction by Atlanta artist Steve Penley, and more than $50 thousand in individual contributions to become one of nine teams in Georgia to raise more than $50 thousand.
In a promotion titled Beating Cancer is in our Blood, Dickson and Greenberg described the Student of the Year Campaign as “a seven-week philanthropic leadership development program led by high school students to raise money to support LLS and their cause.”
The campaign and LLS mission are efforts to “to find cures for blood cancers and to assist patients and families as they battle leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease or myeloma,” the Weber students wrote.
LLS further explains that the “Student of the Year Campaign is a six- to eight-week initiative in which nominated high school students, or teams of two to three students participate in a fundraising challenge” to benefit the nonprofit.
“Candidates raise money in honor of a young, local patient hero who is battling or in remission from a blood cancer. The candidate or team who raises the most money at the end of the program is named Student of the Year for their local chapter.
From Jan. 10 to Feb. 28, Team Rams raised money for this effort in honor of LLS Hero of the Year Autumn Murray of Atlanta, for whom this year’s Student of the Year campaign was dedicated. She was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 11.
After battling cancer, she is preparing to enter high school, according to LLS.
“Autumn was treated and has now entered remission! After seeing what Autumn and her family went through due to this horrible disease, we wanted to participate in this great cause and do everything we can to help her and others who are affected by leukemia and/or lymphoma,” Dickson and Greenberg wrote on behalf of Team Rams.
The students said they hope this year’s accomplishments will lead to a Student of the Year legacy Weber School team. They will help next year’s candidates to build upon their success and continue raising funds to find cures for blood cancers and support patients and their families fighting these diseases.