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McNair School Raises Funds to Honor Fallen Student

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McNair Elementary School is just $12,000 short of goal to raise $100,000 and the ability to name a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Research Grant in honor of former McNair student, Joshua Bluestein. The competition ends at 5:00 pm today.

The McNair Elementary School community, led by Kindergarten teacher Katie Kelly, has the opportunity to raise money in honor of our McNair students who have been diagnosed with leukemia. If her fundraising team, “Faith. Hope. Believe.” can successfully raise $12,000 before June 12th, we will be able to name a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Research Grant in honor of former McNair student, Joshua Bluestein.

To donate please go to www.mwoy.org/pages/nca/dcmetro15/mcnair

Joshua Bluestein was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in January 2011, as a fifth grader at McNair. He peacefully passed away in August 2014 of complications after a 3½ year battle with leukemia. Joshua’s beautiful presence and amazing perseverance charmed and amazed all who came to know and love him.

Other McNair students who are currently dealing with this horrific disease are Katie Gardiner and Emma Baker.

Katie Gardiner was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on May 7, 2007, at the age of 22 months. After 2-and-a-half years of chemotherapy, and struggling with language and motor skills, Katie remained her cheerful self and was cancer-free. Katie is a happy and healthy third grader at McNair.

Emma Baker was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in May, 2012. Emma has been going through treatment for the last two years at Walter Reed Medical Center, and completed her final chemo on August 3, 2014. Emma is currently finishing up her first grade year at McNair.

The “Faith. Hope. Believe.” fundraising team having been working toward a goal of $100,000 for many months and today is the final stretch. The team has raised $88,000 and are just $12,000 short of their goal.

Each year, in communities across the country, passionate candidates engage in an exciting competition to earn The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) "Man & Woman of the Year" titles by raising funds for LLS blood cancer research.

The candidates compete in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the Boy & Girl of the Year.

Every dollar counts as one vote and the titles are awarded to the man and woman with the most votes at the end of ten weeks. The top local fundraisers in the country win the national titles. To date, these dedicated leaders have helped LLS invest more than $1 billion in research to advance breakthrough therapies that are saving lives today and helping us all achieve the LLS goal of a world without blood cancers.