During this past spring quarter, students in the Professional Communications 1 class at Minnesota School of Business-Blaine raised over $400 from its applied learning project as part of the national Leukemia & Lymphoma (LLS) Society’s “Pennies for Patients” drive to aid people, especially children, who have these and other diseases. The class contributed in helping the Society meet its $816,000 goal for the drive.
According to www.lls.org, an estimated 1,012,533 Americans currently live with a blood cancer. In all likelihood, a blood cancer diagnosis has drastically impacted the life of a family member, a co-worker, or a friend of yours. However, thanks to the research and patient services efforts spearheaded by the Society, the survival rate for these individuals has greatly increased and the quality of life for patients has vastly improved. LLS supports major programs that involve these live-saving research, patient services, and various other community services.
In a letter to the class, instructed by Dave Erickson, business program chair, local LLS Coordinator Kelli Johnson said, “Thank you for participating in Pennies for Patients 2015! We received Minnesota School of Business-Blaine’s generous donation, an awesome first year with our program as you well know! Thank You! Please allow us to express our gratitude and that of the 2015 Honored Heroes to your staff and students.”
Erickson added that “all the credit for this local effort goes out to the members of this class who gave unselfishly of their time, energy and own money to this cause; and to the many other students, faculty, staff and businesses outside of the school who also contributed to this overall service effort.”