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posted: 3/29/2012 3:54 PM

Internet sensation headlines Rolling Meadows school fundraiser

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  • Teagen Reid, right, received a successful bone marrow transplant 10 years ago from donor Rita Zapien, left. Her story inspired Plum Grove Junior High in Rolling Meadows to launch an annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser. Internet sensation Abby Miller will perform several songs at a school assembly to raise awareness for childhood cancers.

       Teagen Reid, right, received a successful bone marrow transplant 10 years ago from donor Rita Zapien, left. Her story inspired Plum Grove Junior High in Rolling Meadows to launch an annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser. Internet sensation Abby Miller will perform several songs at a school assembly to raise awareness for childhood cancers.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
 

You may remember the story of Teagen Reid, the inspiring Fremd High School senior who in January celebrated the 10th anniversary of her successful bone marrow transplant.

It's also the 10th year her mother has led an effort benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and organizers are going all out this time around.

Maura Reid, a seventh-grade history teacher at Plum Grove Junior High in Rolling Meadows, said Internet sensation Abby Miller will perform several songs Thursday, April 5, at two school assemblies to kick off the annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser.

The Virginia eighth-grader has helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for neuroblastoma research after meeting a girl suffering from the devastating disease. She's out to raise awareness for childhood cancers.

Reid said the folks at Plum Grove have raised $93,000 over the past nine years and hope to surpass the $100,000 mark next month. Several other area schools are holding their own drives, as well.

To help out, visit penniesforpatients.org. To learn more about Abby Miller, visit abbymillermusic.com.

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