Tyler Smith, 6th grade student at Morse Pond School, inspired students at both Morse Pond and North Falmouth Elementary to participate in the schools’ Pennies for Patients program to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Tyler was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2011 and presented to the students at both schools to tell them about his story before they began their fundraiser. Along with school coordinators
Cheryl Boli, school nurse at Morse Pond and Angela LeBlanc, adjustment counselor at North Falmouth, Tyler worked hard to make the fundraisers a success. Morse Pond raised $7,800.85 in three short weeks and ranked in third place out of 845 schools registered across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. North Falmouth raised an additional $2,147.07 in its program, bringing the community’s total to $9,947.92.
The society’s Massachusetts chapter had 845 schools registered for the Pennies for Patients program this school year.
Tyler has been selected to receive the Jason Vitale Memorial Award this year at the society’s’ annual volunteer appreciation night. This award is a tribute to the spirit and courage of Jason Vitale. Before losing his life to leukemia at a young age, Jason served as a committed and inspirational spokesperson for LLS. Like Jason, Tyler inspires others to have hope and reach even higher for a world without cancer.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is an international voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Its mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. It funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, New York, the society has chapters throughout the United States and Canada.