RMAE teacher helping kids with cancer

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Fund-raising effort benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

By Sandy Barnes

“Little kids who are sick is the most deserving cause I can think of,” said Evergreen resident Trish Dunbar, who is raising funds for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Dunbar’s goal is $55,000 for the annual campaign, in which those who raise the most funds will receive the title of man and woman of the year.
“It’s nice to have an excuse to do fund-raising,” she said during a break from teaching computer classes at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen.
Dunbar said her father’s best friend suggested that she participate in the fund-raising campaign because he knew she has a soft spot in her heart for children with life-threatening illnesses.
“I have a really strong passion for little kids with cancer,” Dunbar said. “For me, this campaign has everything to do with making a difference in the lives of kids battling cancer.”
So far Dunbar has raised $4,000 through letters she has sent out and from her website campaign.
Funds raised will go toward medical research and support services for people with blood cancers.
“We provide patients with various resources and free education materials,” said Caitlin Selby of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. LLS contributes to medical research being conducted at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at the Anschutz Medical Center in Aurora.
The man and woman of the year will be named at the organization’s Grande Finale Gala on May 19 at the Denver Marriott.
Those who would like to donate to Dunbar’s campaign can access her website at  HYPERLINK "http://rmt.mwoy.llsevent.org/TrishDunbar" http://rmt.mwoy.llsevent.org/TrishDunbar and make pledges. She is also seeking items for a silent auction during the upcoming Grand Finale event. All donations must be received by May 18.
Dunbar is one of 14 candidates involved in the fund-raising held in honor of this year’s boy and girl of the year.
 “Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, and every 10 minutes someone dies from a blood cancer — these are not statistics that we like,” said Rebecca Russell, executive director for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Rocky Mountain Chapter. “We are so pleased that Trish has stepped up to help us change these statistics by raising money that will go directly to research to help us find cures for tomorrow and directly to patients in Colorado who are fighting these cancers today.”

Contact reporter Sandy Barnes at 303-350-1042 or at  HYPERLINK "mailto:sandy@evergreenco.com" sandy@evergreenco.com.