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Leadership Council event to raise funds for research

March 10, 2005

Lansing High School's Leadership Council hopes to raise thousands of dollars for leukemia research with its first-ever "Late Night for Leukemia."

Invitations for the event, which is slated for 11 p.m. April 9 to 5 a.m. April 10 at Ryan Sports Center on the University of St. Mary campus, have gone out to each high school in Leavenworth County.

To participate, schools are being asked to form teams of 10 students each. Each student is required to raise at least $50 in pledges.

Shawn Jung, an LHS junior, said the idea for the fund-raiser was sparked by an event in 2002.

"Two years ago, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society did a relay for life in Kansas City," Jung explained. "A lot of people from LHS went and had a great time."

The society, however, stopped the Relay for Life. That's why the Leadership Council decided to organize its fund-raiser.

"We thought it would be a good cause for us to step in and get this going," Jung said of the "Late Night for Leukemia" event.

The overnight event will be action-packed, Jung said.

Students taking part will be locked into the sports center, where they'll participate in a number of activities, including a relay and other competitions. They'll be treated to food and refreshments donated for the event.

The event originally was scheduled for this weekend, but it interfered with the state basketball tournaments, so the Leadership Council decided to go with the April weekend instead.

Signup is just beginning at LHS, but Jung said there already was interest among students to field teams in what he called the Leadership Council's biggest project of the year.

"We're getting a positive vibe that students will join," he said.

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