Students at Bon Meade and McCormick Make Impact on Cancer Cures Ensuring

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Students at both Bon Meade and McCormick Elementary raised funds for blood cancer research and provide help and hope to thousands of patients and their families through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Hero Squad program - a unique science-based service-learning program.

The Moon Tigers rose to the occasion and students at Bon Meade raised over $12,338 and students at McCormick raised over $2,000 to help patients and their families!

The program was done in honor of local blood cancer patients and this year’s National Patient Hero, Madelina DuLuca, a student at Bon Meade. She was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2014 at just 23 months of age. She endured four back-to-back rounds of chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh between November of 2014 and April of 2015. In addition to chemotherapy, Madelina also endured 5 bone marrow biopsies as well as countless blood and platelet transfusions. As of July 2020, Madelina is now 5 years cancer free and officially moved to the survivorship program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh!

Bon Meade and McCormick students spent three weeks during February raising funds to help create a world without blood cancers. By contributing their spare change and participating in other special fundraising events, they’re helping LLS fund lifesaving research. Since the program began in 1993, Hero Squad has helped LLS invest nearly $1.3 billion in research to advance breakthrough cancer treatments that are saving lives, and improving the quality of life for patients and their families.

By participating in Hero Squad, students learned leadership, the importance of helping others and just how impactful their involvement can be in helping to save lives. During the program, students collected donations from friends and family in honor of Madelina.

Throughout the program, teachers and administrators had the opportunity to incorporate a unique STEM curriculum into their classrooms that gave students an insider's look into LLS-funded research, and where their money will be invested.

 “Because of new and better therapies, blood cancer survival rates for children have improved significantly during the last several decades, but there still more work to be done.” said Tina Thompson, LLS Eastern Great Lakes executive director. “LLS’s Hero Squad program provides tangible life skills to participants and allows students to see the impact they're making in the lives of others.”

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is a global leader in the fight against cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has Offices throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. For additional information visit Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


The LLS Children’s Initiative: Cures and Care for Children with Cancer

The LLS Children’s Initiative is a $100 million multi-year effort to take on children’s cancer through every facet of LLS’s mission: research, patient education and support and policy and advocacy. The LLS Children’s Initiative includes: more pediatric research grants, a global precision medicine clinical trial, expanded free education and support services for children and families and driving policies and laws that break down barriers to care. To learn more, visit

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Western PA & West Virginia Office
PO Box 22488
New York, NY 10087

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