The race is on for Sylvan Learning to raise more than $250,000 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)'s mission to find cures for blood cancers and ensure access to treatments for the patients who need them.
Sylvan is committed to hitting (and even exceeding!) this goal through fundraising initiatives and participation in Light The Night walks held across the country.
Sylvan is a "special friend" of the LLS, and we couldn't be more excited to participate and fundraise again in 2014. With over 800 locations nationwide, our franchise and corporate community will be participating in many 2014 Light The Night Walks across North America.
Last week, representatives from LLS came to Sylvan's Baltimore headquarters to talk about LLS and the history of our partnership. We also received an update on one of our Honored Heros, Marielle, who was awarded a Sylvan Scholarship last year. We are happy to report that Marielle has completed her chemo treatments and is in remission!
It is an honor to have a strong partnership with an organization that has many of the values that are near and dear to Sylvan. As leukemia is the most common cancer in children and adolescents less than 20 years old, many children struggle with schoolwork as they re-enter school after a long absence.
To ease this process and support school-aged children dealing with blood cancers, Sylvan centers will be donating more than 12,000 hours of free tutoring services. Children in treatment or who have undergone treatment in more than 250 communities nationwide will receive a full tutoring scholarship, including a detailed academic assessment, a tutoring plan personalized to his or her exact needs, as well as 24/7 access to additional educational resources online.
Look for Sylvan franchisees, staff, and corporate employees at various walks throughout the fall Light the Night season. We look forward to making this year’s walks a night to remember...again!
Top Image: Marielle Ford, Sylvan's Honored Hero, celebrates no more chemo after enduring 899 days of treatments!
Bottom Image: Sylvan CEO, Jeff Cohen, presents Marielle with her Sylvan Scholarship at the 2013 Baltimore Light The Night Walk.