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This past year at the Biosciences and Medicine Academy, a movement was started called the “LLS Lemon Challenge”

to help raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Similar to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,

this initiative included biting into a lemon, saying “Cancer Bites but We Bite Back and posting it on social media to

raise awareness, along with donating at least $10 to LLS. The LLS Lemon Challenge surmounted great success at the

Academy, so it was proposed and taken to the Oklahoma HOSA State Leadership Conference in Norman, OK in April

2015. Then, this summer, it took off at National Leadership Conference! Ever since, many states and chapters have taken

the LLS Lemon Challenge back to their own respective places, and it has been awe inspiring to see the country come

together for the HOSA National Service Project.

Approximately every

three

minutes, one person is

diagnosed with blood cancer in the United States.

Every

ten

minutes, someone in the U.S dies from

blood cancer.

Almost

1,185,053

people are living with, or in remission

from leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma.

The statistics are heartbreaking, and unfortunately, we all

know at least one person who has been affected by cancer.

Together, the National goal is to raise $400,000 to help 1,185,053