SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic was recently recognized for its donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients program. 

“We’d like to share our deep appreciation for your generosity and thoughtfulness to local blood cancer patients and their families, Alissa Ali, the Campaign Specialist for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, wrote in a press release to Union Catholic. “We would like to extend a special thanks to Mr. Michael Conte. The initiative and hard work of coordinators like Michael are crucial to the program’s success. His commitment to helping others has shown your students that their actions can make a difference in other people’s lives.’’

The pennies came from UC’s “Penny Wars’’, which gives students and staff at UC the opportunity to donate money into four different boxes, each one representing a different grade.  

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“Penny Wars week always creates a buzz and excitement in the school about helping to cure blood cancers,’’ said Mr. Conte, UC’s Pennies for Patients coordinator and Penny Wars moderator. “It always feels good to support people who need our help.’’

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is grateful for Union Catholic’s participation.

“The money raised by your school community supports area patient services and funds life-saving research,’’ Ali’s press release stated. “Thanks to wonderful schools like yours, there is 91% survival rate for the most common form of childhood leukemia and a survival rate of of 95.5% for childhood Hodgkin lymphoma. Your generosity truly makes a difference. We cannot thank you, your coordinators, and your entire school community enough for your amazing participation with Pennies for Patients. We feel lucky to have worked with your school and know that you must feel lucky to have such wonderful school community.’’