This year, Balboa Elementary raised $18,725 — $7,000 more than last year — for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Schools campaign which is a service-learning program that helps raise critical funds for blood cancer patients.
Balboa Elementary ranks No. 1 in school fundraising in the Los Angeles area and ranks No. 5 nationally out of 830 schools that are fundraising for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Since 2018, Balboa Elementary School has raised $46,458. And, they are not stopping there because next year they set a goal to raise $20,000.
LLS is the world’s largest nonprofit fighting blood cancer and is working to change this statistic through its Dare to Dream Children Project, which seeks to accelerate treatments with fewer harmful side effects so that young cancer patients not only survive but thrive.
Balboa Principal Sona Arakelyn is passionate about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission and its impact on young cancer patients.
“We are so fortunate to have such an incredible school community that wants to give back and help those young cancer patients! We feel that it is the least that we can do,” she said.
Schools interested in participating in LLS Light the Night service-learning campaign may contact Ginnean Shaw, LLS Campaign Development Manager at Ginnean.Shaw@lls.org.
First published in the May 27 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.