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New Rochelle Students Raise $3,800 For Research

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. –  Albert Leonard Middle School students Kayla Tufo, Nina Riemerschmid, and Will Gallagher were just three of many students to display cutout balloons in the school's front lobby this week, signifiying their fundraising efforts with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help research and find a cure for blood cancer.

“It’s for a good cause and going to help people that are in need,” said Tufo on behalf of the group.

Twenty-four students from Albert Leonard’s community service club and soccer team participated in last weekend's Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at Rye Playland, raising a total of $3,800 to help fight blood cancer.

The amount also put the group in the top 10 of money raised out of all groups who participated in the walk.

ALMS eighth grade teacher and the group's walk organizer Jillian Grey is quite pleased with the accomplishments her participating students achieved.

“I could not be prouder,” she said.

Money raised from the walk goes towards helping the society with lifesaving blood cancer research, free educational materials and events for patients and their families, local programs, such as family support groups and first connection, a peer-to-peer counseling program, and comprehensive and personalized assistance through an Information Resource Center.

Light The Night Walk events feature walkers carrying illuminated balloons during the leisurely less than an hour walk; white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. Thousands of walkers, men, women and children, form a community of caring, bringing light to the dark world of cancer.

Walkers who raise $100 or more to help fight blood cancer receive a Light the Night T-shirt and wrist band, allowing them to have food and refreshments.

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