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WJ Students, Top Pennies For Patients Fundraisers, Celebrate Success

Walter Johnson students raised more than $58,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Students from celebrated their successful fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's National Capital Area Chapter with a pep rally April 13. The school was named the top fundrasier of 14 county schools this year after collecting more than $58,000 to benefit the LLS Pennies for Patients program.

WJ students have taken the lead seven years in a row— their total topping $170,000. This year, ranked in second place.

"We are all very proud of our students and the wonderful way the come together for such a great cause each year," Principal Jennifer Baker told Patch last month. "We have a remarkable community that really wants to make a difference. Our students are to be commended for their efforts to help others."

The pep rally was lead by Hot 99.5 DJ Toby Knapp and featured remarks from Jonathan Faure, a 17-year-old leukemia survivor, and Gabrielle Urquhart, LLS National Capital Area Chapter executive director. The event also featured a check presentation.

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