Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) junior, Cam Cole, is one of 23 students in Indiana fundraising in an effort to earn the title of Student of the Year through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the first student at MVHS to do so. The campaign began on January 24th and lasts seven weeks, ending on March 16th. Cam and his team, comprised of other Mt. Vernon students and parents, are aiming to raise $15,000 in donations to ultimately move closer to a cancer-free world.
Cam is the first student to represent Mt. Vernon in the LLS, in addition to being the first student in Hancock county to sign on to the project. Cam became aware of the campaign due to his close relationship with Tyler Ralstin, Boy of the Year through LLS, and a Mt. Vernon student who has been fighting leukemia. Cam then submitted several essays and applications and met with LLS for an interview. Now, Cam attends meetings with LLS once a month and has conference calls every two weeks in order to stay up to date on the campaign.
The participating students in the Indianapolis area have a collective goal of raising a combined $400-$500,000 to donate for cancer research and to aid families who are going through chemotherapy. Ultimately, the money raised will go toward saving lives.
Cam is organizing a spirit week at Mt. Vernon starting on February 18th to get students involved in the fundraiser. Each day of the week, students will wear a different color in order to raise awareness for the campaign and LLS. Additionally, there will be opportunities to donate at the basketball game on Friday, February 22nd. Finally, there will be a “Cruise in for Cocoa” on February 16th in the parking lot of Kinsey’s from 8-11 a.m. and at Joyner Homes from 12-3 p.m. “Cruise in for Cocoa” is a free hot chocolate stand that simply asks for LLS donations. Two local businesses, Joyner Homes and Dr. Brian Elliot of Major Health Partners are matching the donations up to $1000, collected at “Cruise in for Cocoa.”
Cam’s main goal for the campaign is to “raise awareness more than anything,” he said. “Even if I don’t make any money, I just want people to know about it.” He continued to say that he “wants the people affected by it to be recognized. They’ve all fought an amazing fight.”
MVHS Principal Greg Roach shared, “We are so proud of Cam for taking this initiative and all his efforts to raise awareness and funds for such a worthy cause. I hope the community supports him and his team as they work towards finding a cancer-free world.”
Any companies interested in sponsoring Cam can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be given at https://events.lls.org/in/indianasoy19/ccolep.