Leukemia and Lymphoma have hit too close to home for many in the Mason City Schools community. Members of Mason Intermediate School’s Team Innovation, Team Quest and Team Venture recently honored their friends and heroes who have battled blood cancer by raising $5,121.85 in just five days while participating in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Student Series Program, Pennies for Patients. The Teams even set a record for money raised in one day by collecting $833.81 on March 3.
"We are so excited because we know this money will make a difference in the lives of blood cancer patients, and what a great way to honor our seven honored heroes!" shared sixth grade math teacher Amy Boynton. "MI did a fabulous job raising money for LLS through the Pennies for Patients program and with the help of Kona Ice - over 10,000! We are so proud of our students and are so grateful to all of the MI teachers for participating in the Kona Ice days."
The teams held three Kona Ice days in March and the whole school was excited to have the icy treats for a good cause. Kona Ice stepped in and donated 50 percent of their proceeds to LLS ($4,160.50). In 2017, the MI campus and Kona Ice raised $10,102.67 to help fund breakthrough therapies and save the lives of patients.
"Many of our students know someone who has or has had cancer and this fundraising program gives students the opportunity to raise funds to enable the discovery and delivery of therapies that improve the quality of life for patients," shared Boynton.
Many individuals within our Mason community have been affected by a blood cancer, and MI honored seven of them during this year's kick-off event. Those Honored Heroes included Jackie Barnes (sister of Team Innovation's science teacher Lindsey Colvin), Ella Boynton (daughter of Team Innovation's math teacher, Amy Boynton), Maya Collins (MMS student), Liz Fiehrer (fifth grade reading teacher at MI), Lynne Hutchinson (fifth grade ACT teacher at MI), Maeryn Kelly (fifth grader on MI's Team Aspire), and Ben Terribilini (MMS student).
"We are just so proud of our students and we shared with them that they should feel so good about how much they have raised and are giving back!" added Boynton.