Local teen raising funds to fight blood cancer

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Village resident Alex Pope is a member of the Team Coyotes for a Cure, which hopes to raise $100,000 by Saturday, March 7 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Every year, LLS sponsors a fundraising challenge for high-achieving high school students. The Coyotes for a Cure team is competing against other school groups in the Washington, D.C. area to see which team can raise the most money to support LLS’ mission to cure blood cancers. The team with the most raised money will earn the honor of “Students of the Year” for the DC area.

Pope is currently a junior at Poolesville High School, where he is a varsity baseball player and a member of the National Honor Society. He previously attended Stedwick Elementary and Neelsville Middle School. The rest of the Coyotes for a Cure team is comprised of other students from high schools across Montgomery County. The team met while playing for the Clarksburg Keys travel baseball team where they previously participated in charitable causes for Toys for Tots, Operation Second Chance and Fisher House and the Patrick Shifflett Foundation.

When asked by his teammates about participating on the team, Pope agreed to join the fight against various blood cancers. In addition to reaching out to family, friends and local businesses, the team has also sponsored several fundraisers, including fitness events and even hosting a one-day baseball camp for younger children.

The Coyotes for a Cure team is also hosting a clothing donation drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Clarksburg High School, 22508 Wims Road, Clarksburg.

For more information about LLS and the Students of the Year Campaign, please visit https://studentsoftheyear.org/students-years-Washington-dc. To donate to Pope’s campaign, visit https://events.lls.org/nca/dcsoy20/apopef. All donations are welcomed and appreciated.