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'Pennies for Patients' underway

To combat blood cancer, Minot State University Residence Life will host its annual fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the "Pennies for Patients" competition. LLS strives to eradicate leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families,

"Last year, MSU raised $3,852.53, but this year, we hope to raise $5000! So, campus departments should display those buckets because the competition runs through March 8," said Camila Van Dyke, residence life coordinator. "The office raising the most money will win a pizza party!"

And, there is more: Jan. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., MSU students, faculty and staff and community members are encouraged to enjoy and participate in a Penny Carnival. Residence Life and Student Activities are asking campus organizations and departments to host a booth, game or activity for any age! Festivities, available by freewill donation, include bounce houses, face painting, ring toss, cake walks and more. Parking is free and all lots are open to the public.

LLS, the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, was founded in 1949. It also funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. Chapters exist throughout the U.S. and Canada.

If an MSU office, department or organization wishes to support Pennies for Patients by displaying a poster and jar, making a donation or by hosting a booth at the Penny Carnival, contact Van Dyke at or 858-3584. Donations of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, bills and checks (made payable to LLS) are gratefully accepted.

"Through participating in Pennies for Patients, our school joins 25,000 schools in combating blood cancer, both today by serving patients and for the future by funding research," Van Dyke said.

To learn more about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, visit its website at