Hamilton High School students are getting behind two student campaigns to help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Hamilton sophomores Gracie Campbell and Lauren Baker have formed one team and junior Emma Amstadt is spearheading another in a seven-week fundraising challenge in hopes of becoming the 2020 LLS Student of the Year. The campaigns support LLS’s mission to find a cure for blood cancers and assist patients and families as battle the disease.
Leukemia is the most common cancer in children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 20 years old. The teams raise money in honor of a local blood cancer survivor. Both Hamilton teams are inspired by Harlow Millies, a young girl who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2017.
The teams are hosting “miracle minutes” and bake sales at girls and boys basketball home games and will be involved in a Feb. 27 pep assembly. In the community, several businesses are supporting their cause by contributing a portion of sales to the girls’ campaigns including: Kendra Scott at the Corners of Brookfield, from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 6; Cousins’ Subs in Sussex all day on Feb.11; Fairways of Woodside fish fry, from 5-9 p.m. on Feb. 21. Fairways of Woodside is donating a free round of golf for people who donate at the fish fry and there will be a silent auction and 50/50 raffle as well.
LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer that funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. Every dollar raised counts as one vote in the LLS Student of the Year challenge. The campaign ends March 12 when the winner is announced at the LLS Grand Finale.