Two Evergreen High School juniors have big dreams of raising $50,000 by Feb. 27 to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society end blood cancers.
Neighbors Zack Short and Amy Mahoney are hoping the community will help them raise the money. They are looking for direct donations and are selling Allegro coffee to help reach their goal.
Even such young lives have been touched by friends and family with cancer, which has spurred a desire to raise money.
The high schoolers’ fundraising effort is part of LLS’ Students of the Year program, a leadership program that awards the title to the team that raises the most money during the seven-week competition, according to the LLS website.
Zack and Amy say they are one of several teams in the area trying to raise money, and they are preparing for the competition opening on Thursday. They have enlisted the help of family and friends to get their fundraising campaign off the ground.
The experience teaches teens more about cancers, especially blood cancers, and teaches them organizational and leadership skills, according to the website.