Auburn student organizes pajama fundraiser to help cancer patients

Sixth-grade student Addison Lange gasped and cupped her hands around her mouth Friday when she realized how much money her fundraiser at Herman Avenue Elementary School raised.

Addison, 12, organized a fundraiser for Paige’s Butterfly Run, which supports central New York pediatric cancer patients “through the sponsorship of pediatric oncology research and patient programs at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse,” according to the organization’s website. The effort at the Auburn school was a type of fundraiser the run holds at different schools called a Pajamarama, in which children are encouraged to wear pajamas on a certain day and donate any amount of money to a box at the school.

At the time of Addison’s gasp, she and Margaret Stanton, a speech therapist at Herman, counted up to a little over $200. Over $450 was eventually counted.

After counting up to $200, Addison — clad in a pink unicorn onesie — said she was stunned, as she originally thought the efforts would amount up to $20.

“I’m going to cry,” Addison said.

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