Blood Cancer + Pennies = Heroes

Pennies for Patients
Most of us have been affected by cancer somehow.  We either know someone who has had cancer or we ourselves have dealt with it.

The past couple of weeks, Globe University-Minneapolis has been campaigning to save lives through the Pennies for Patients campaign. The whole goal was to get the campus engaged in fun activities to help people affected by blood cancer.

Blood Cancer Facts

Leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma are cancers that originate in the bone marrow of lymphatic tissue.  In the United States, more than 12,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 3,000 of them will not survive the disease.

Globe University Minneapolis, Pennies for PatientsWhy Pennies for Patients at Globe?

Pennies for Patients simply was a way to bring the faculty and staff together to promote volunteerism and make a change in the lives of those affected by Leukemia.

What Did the Campus Do?

The project was inspired by Michelle Block, who is the applied-learning coordinator on campus, and executed by Tom Stoltz’s Consumer Behavior class. The students came up with activities to raise pennies such as:

  1. Bargain Basement Drop-Off – Students and faculty donated gently used items that were then sold at the sale.
  2. Tom’s Trivia – For a penny Tom would ask a question to challenge our wisdom.  I think he probably asked for a penny for answering his question too!
  3. Bargain Basement Sale – After collecting a room full of donated items such as golf clubs, Xbox and more – the students and faculty bought items for pennies!
  4. Penny Wars ­– This was a hit!  There were jars in the front lobby all week that had the students and faculty compete to see who could collect the most pennies. (For the record I think the faculty won but it was also the faculty counting too!)

Globe University Minneapolis, Pennies for Patients
The Outcome

After all pennies were counted, we raised nearly $400 and we exceeded our goal of $200, so we were all proud.  What we were most proud of is making a change for the heroes who are enduring cancer.  Our goal was met by raising awareness for leukemia by coming together as a campus and making a change…one penny at a time!

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