Students Participate in Pasta for Pennies (Downers Grove, Ill.)

Date: February 1, 2013

The Downers Grove Ombudsman center has joined 27,000 schools nationwide in the Pasta for Pennies program. The Illinois chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) recently visited the Downers Grove center to explain how the organization helps fund research and helps families affected by blood cancers.

Andi Cannata, Senior Manager of School & Youth explained what the LLS does to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. When someone has blood cancer they have to undergo treatment for a long time – sometimes as long as three years. The treatments for these illnesses include chemotherapy, radiation and bone marrow transplants.

For the next few weeks, students and staff will help people with blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Each student has a collection box to take home to collect coins and other donations. All donations are spent on patient and community services, research, public health and professional education. More information can be found at

While the program is called “Pasta for Pennies,” the LLS will also accept nickels, dimes, quarters, bills and checks (Checks can be made out to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). Whichever class session is able to bring in the most money will earn an Olive Garden lunch with pasta, salad and breadsticks.

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