CHESHIRE — Last year, two Cheshire High School students, Alyssa Behuniak and Olivia Gesler, started the “Rams 4 Remedy” fundraiser in order to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Now the girls have passed the torch on to two new captains who they hope will carry on their legacy.
Seniors Caitlin Paier and Kateryna Koval have been working on the fundraising campaign, which launched Jan. 21 and will continue until March 10. Paier and Koval are hoping to raise at least $10,000 for the cause.
“This is such an important cause, and I am really hoping we can reach our goal of $10,000. Hopefully, we can get even more than that,” Koval said. “We wanted to continue the efforts of Alyssa and Olivia and spread the word about raising money to cure these diseases.”
On average, someone is newly diagnosed with blood cancer, including leukemia, every three minutes, according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and both Koval and Paier are determined to help fight that reality.
“The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society are so good and such a worthy cause,” Paier explained. “And because of COVID-19 everyone is struggling for funding right now.”
Paier joined the “Rams 4 Remedy” group last year when Gessler and Behuniak created the group, but Koval’s volleyball schedule got in the way.
Now the girls both have time to focus on the fundraiser, which has faced numerous setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both Koval and Paier have had to think outside the box.
“We can’t do any of the typical fundraisers we had done in the past,” Koval said. “Because of social distancing and safety protocols, a lot of the fundraising that we are doing is just based on word of mouth or things we post on social media.”
The group has a heavy Instagram and Facebook presence, to make up for the lack of traditional fundraising they would normally do.
“Last year, Alyssa and Olivia were able to do a fundraiser with Cheshire Pizza, which went really well,” Koval said. “But this year, the only really big event we are doing is a Dress Down Day for all the teachers at CHS, and everything else has been online.”
Koval and Paier have also been going around to local businesses, which are well-known for their charitable donations to student fundraisers.
“It's been hard for us to try and gather funds, but that makes it that much more special when we do get a donation from a local business,” said Paier. “Cheshire has some of the best local businesses who are so accommodating. Even if the donation is under $5, it means a lot.”
The group is currently accepting donations in a variety of ways to make it easy for those who are in quarantine or who would prefer to donate online.
For those interested in helping the cause, online donations can be made by visiting https://events.lls.org/ctwhv/havensoy21/rremedyvol. The team is also accepting check donations made out to “Rams 4 Remedy Vol. 2”.
Questions or comments for the group can be submitted via email, at email@example.com.