Local teen leads the fight against cancer

7 Feb

I love highlighting the great things our young people are doing for our community. This young man’s story is a great example.

Andrew Buttles, a sophomore at Webster Schroeder High School, has just embarked on a program called Students of the Year for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). It’s a “philanthropic leadership development program during which students foster professional skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management in order to raise funds for the LLS.” (www.lls.org)

The seven-week program runs from Feb. 5 through March 25, with the goal of raising money for LLS, and supporting the organization’s missions to find a cure for blood cancers and improve the quality of life for patients.

Andrew is the first Webster student to participate in this program. He’s leading a team of other Webster students, friends and family to increase awareness and raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The team has set an ambitious fundraising goal of $15,000, and has planned several initiatives over the next two months to achieve that goal. So far, they include:

  • a partnership with Schutt’s Apple Mill, which will be donating 10% of the proceeds from their Valentine’s Day Bundle to the campaign
  • Nickel Back Can and Bottle Return will contribute to the campaign if you mention LLS when you drop off your returns
  • attend the Webster Youth Hockey Association players vs. coaches hockey game on March 19; all proceeds will benefit the cause

In addition to raising money and supporting this very important cause, Andrew’s also hoping to earn the prestigious title of Student of the Year. Every dollar raised counts as one vote for his campaign. Let’s see if we can help put him — and his team — on top.

Here are some other ways in which you can help:

  • make a tax-deductable donation to his online fundraising page
  • share Andrew’s message and fundraising link with your contacts
  • donate a silent auction itsm for the Grand Finale Celebration auction
  • help secure a corporate sponsorship (they start at $5,000 and come with marketing benefits)

All donations are tax-deductible.

Click here to learn more about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and click here to go to Andrew’s personal fundraising page. If you have any questions, contact rksbuttles@gmail.com.

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