Suburban Chicago High School Students Generate $167,000 for the Leukemia Research Foundation
Highland Park High School’s month-long fundraiser is an example of philanthropy in practice among high school students.
High school students around the country lead by example when it comes to philanthropy. The Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) today received $167,000 from Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Ill. – the culmination of a month-long annual fundraising campaign called Charity Drive.
“The Leukemia Research Foundation is honored to have been the beneficiary of Highland Park High School’s 2012 Charity Drive,” said LRF Executive Director Kevin Radelet. “These students have proved, once again, that philanthropy is no longer just for adults. Through the detailed selection process they recognized the tremendous need for financial support and increased awareness of leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood cancers. Their efforts will have a transformational impact on our organization, as well as the patients and researchers we serve.”
Since 1994, HPHS has organized Charity Drive, a fundraiser to benefit a local charity. During the entire month of February, Highland Park High School was the center of many fundraising activities including a silent auction, battle of the bands, a record-breaking 24-hour run, and many more activities - involving the entire community of Highland Park. Photos from many of the events and videos from the opening ceremonies, including testimonials of two students who have been impacted by a blood cancer, can be seen on the LRF’s website at www.leukemia-research.org/hphs.
About The Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF)
The Leukemia Research Foundation, headquartered in Wilmette, Ill., is dedicated to funding research and providing support to people affected by blood cancers. The Foundation’s mission is to conquer leukemia, lymphoma, and myelodysplastic syndromes by funding research into their causes and cures, and to enrich the quality of life of those touched by these diseases. For more than 65 years, thousands of volunteers and 23 chapters have helped the Foundation raise more than $52 million to help fund research specifically targeting aspiring, eager, and innovative scientists and physicians around the world.