CLARK, NJ – During the month of January, students at Frank K. Hehnly Elementary School in Clark raised $2,946.44 in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Pennies for Patients Program - Every Hero Needs a Squad - Together We Can Change Cancer”.

According to school officials, this is the 11th year of support to the program. Each child received a box to collect loose change at home, which they later returned to school. The money collected is used to search for cures for childhood cancers.

 School Nurse Donna Kircher organized the fundraiser and explained more about the personal connection to this program for her and the school. 

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“During my years at Hehnly, I have had a number of students diagnosed with cancer who received our support,” she said. “This program seeks to accelerate treatments of blood cancers with few harmful side effects so that young cancer patients not only survive but thrive for generations to come. Every Hero Needs a Squad. Hehnly School students are heroes and are a part of this squad.”

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