Sappington, MO (KSDK) - A fifth-grader at Kennerly Elementary is being lauded for leading his classmates to raise nearly $10,000 for local blood cancer patients.
Adam Bristoe has spent the last four years raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's School & Youth Programs. In his first year of fundraising, Bristoe raised $2,746. He is currently $2,313 away from reaching his goal of $10,000.
Bristoe has personal ties to this cause. He was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2001, just a few days before Thanksgiving. He ended treatments in May 2004. During that time, Bristoe underwent 920 days on chemo, 98 days in the hospital, 12 spinal taps, five bone marrow extractions, six blood transfusions, six months of steroids and over 2,000 needle sticks.
The money raised by Bristoe and his classmates will go toward research for a cure and to provide better therapies, as well as providing information and support to patients.
Since 1993, over $100 million have been raised in spare change by elementary, junior high and high school students throughout the country.
Kennerly Elementary is located in the Lindbergh School District.