Lost Mountain Middle School (LMMS) students will honor childhood cancer patients and survivors at the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally) 4 Quarters 4 Research (4Q4R) fundraiser during the annual LMMS Rally Week from Sept. 22 – 26, 2014.
Each year, LMMS organizes this change collection fundraiser to honor Rally Kids, children who have fought or are currently fighting childhood cancer. For the past four years, LMMS has been the top fundraising middle school in the nation for Rally 4Q4R. LMMS has had nine students affected by childhood cancer in the past 10 years. Currently, there are two Rally Kids that attend LMMS, Kayla Doss and Mary Tankersley.
“Each year it seems that a family in our community is touched by childhood cancer and Rally Week gives our students the opportunity to be a part of the fight,” said LMMS principal Candace Wilkes. “Our students, staff and community have done an amazing job to bring attention to this important cause. I am humbled each fall during Rally Week when I see our students’ compassion and willingness to give. Over the last seven years our middle school students have raised more than $50,000 for childhood cancer research. This is clear evidence of their unselfish dedication to serve others.”
This year, the LMMS Rally Week will include t-shirt sales, loose change collecting, a fundraiser at the local Diary Queen benefiting Rally and the LMMS Music Department will present the National Anthem after the LMMS students parade the field at the Atlanta Braves game on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.
“Our first Rally 4Q4R event was largely to honor the memory of Rally Kids Tyler Copley and Alexa Rohrbach. At that event we raised more than $2,000 and have steadily increased to $12,000 raised last year,” said Social Studies Coordinator at LMMS, Jennifer Dawson. “The first students who coordinated our Rally Week are now seniors in high school and have helped bring Rally to their respective high schools. It’s become a bit of a tradition in our community to make a difference for childhood cancer patients and research!”
By collecting loose change, Rally 4Q4R offers a platform for communities to save lives by raising funds for childhood cancer research. Local teams, schools, communities and
families have held Rally 4Q4R events in support of Rally’s efforts to find better treatments and cures for childhood cancer for the past nine years.
“Every day in America, 46 families will find out that their child has cancer, and they all have the same question. ‘What are you going to do to make my baby better?” said Dean Crowe, Founder and CEO of Rally. “Rally exists to help answer that question. With every quarter raised for research, we are one step closer to finding a cure.”
Since its inception in 2005, Rally has awarded more than $5.25 million in research grants supporting more than 75 projects nationwide. Grants are awarded through a competitive peer review process assuring that the best research is funded.
About Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research
Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of kids ages 0 to 15. Rally, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Rally received the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence, and according to independently audited financials, 94 cents of every dollar raised, supports Rally’s mission.