Seneca Valley High School hopes to be the first of 16 high schools to raise $175,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s National Capital Area Chapter.
Under the 2013 Pennies For Patients High School Challenge, which began on Monday, the schools have a collective goal of raising $175,000.
But there’s a reward for the school that raises the most money at the end of the four-week period: An internship with Pepco will be awarded to a junior or senior from the winning school.
According to the LLS, the funds the local high schoolers raise will be put toward the organizations mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.
When announcing the list of participating schools, the LLS lauded Damascus High School student Daniel Eisig, 14. Eisig was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia when he was 10, but is cancer free after enduring multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant.
The other high schools participating in the 2013 Pennies For Patients High School Challenge are:
- Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
- Gaithersburg High School
- James Hubert Blake High School
- Paint Branch Sr High School
- Poolesville High School
- Richard Montgomery High School
- Walter Johnson High School
- Walt Whitman High School
- Wheaton Senior High School
Prince George's County
- Duval High School
- Frederick Douglass High School
Northern Virginia (Prince William, Loudoun and Fairfax Counties)
- Annandale High School
- Lake Braddock Secondary School
- Osbourn Park High School
- Stonewall Jackson High School