“Rebels for a Cause” is a group at Freeman that fundraised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The team captains are senior Emma Johnson and juniors Gina Vinson and Caroline Wood. Other team members include juniors Cat Pinotti, Page Yauger, Naska Barlow, Mary Cooper Frank, and Trip Fishburne, as well as Ella Dougherty, who attends St. Catherine’s, and Millie Buckberg who goes to Deep Run.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is “the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting blood cancer in the world. The LLS’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families,” said Caroline. Rebels for a Cause is campaigning to win the LLS Student of the Year Campaign by fundraising the most money for the cause.
The team has worked hard to achieve their goal. “Each team member and captain has their own personal fundraising page that links to a team total page. We have been sending out letters and emails to friends, family, etc. telling them about LLS, our mission, and asking them to donate,” said Page. “We raise money for our personal fundraising through that. We have also hosted fundraising events where the proceeds go to our team, such as events at Chipotle and MOD Pizza, a jewelry party, a Cut-a-Thon at Mango salon, and the food trucks at Hardywood Freeman Parents Night.”
“From this experience, I have learned lots of fundraising techniques and how much work and effort really goes into making it all happen, along with learning better communication and people skills in order to get people to donate to the cause. I have also learned how much donating to LLS can help people, such as Becca, our honored hero. She is an 11 year old girl in her last stages of chemotherapy for Lymphoma,” said Page.
Caroline shared similar sentiments, “I have learned how impactful it is to fundraise not only from the aspect of generating donations, but is also bringing awareness to the cause. Leukemia and Lymphoma along with blood cancers are unfortunately common and life threatening. I am honored to have been able to be a part of a team supporting LLS,” she said.
The group’s efforts culminated at the LLS gala on Saturday, March 7th. “Rebels for a Cause” earned second place and raised over $50,000 for LLS.