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Scholars at Ivy Preparatory Academy Gwinnett have begun their first community service project of the school year. They are collecting contributions for the “Pennies for Patients” campaign sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The drive will raise money to help fight the leading childhood cancer, leukemia, a cancer of the blood-forming cells in bone marrow. The drive also will help to fight lymphoma, a cancer that attacks the immune system damaging white blood cells. September is “Blood Cancer Awareness Month.”

According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:

  • An estimated 171,550 people in the US are expected to be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma┬áin 2016. They will account for 10 percent of the cancer cases diagnosed in the U.S.
  • There are an estimated 345,422 people living with leukemia in the US.
  • Between 2008 and 2012, leukemia was the sixth leading cause of cancer deaths among women.


Funds raised through the “Pennies for Patients” campaign support cancer research and patient care for those who suffer from leukemia and lymphoma.

“At Ivy Prep, we teach scholars the importance of community service,” said Chaz Patterson, IPA Gwinnett principal. “We believe it is our duty to help others. We will participate in a community service project every month. It is a requirement for all scholars.”

IPA service projects are designed to help scholars learn about issues impacting women and families across the world. Prizes will be awarded to the scholar who raises the most money in the drive. Prizes also will be awarded to the houses – an assigned grouping of students across grades- that raise the most money.

“Scholars will be collecting pennies, nickels, and dollars for a good cause, so dig deep into your wallets,” Patterson said.

Since the “Pennies for Patients” campaign was launched in 1994, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle, and high school students throughout the country. The funds are collected over a three-week period.

Next month, IPA Gwinnett scholars will sponsor a drive to fight breast cancer.

For more information on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, visit


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