Bethpage High School senior Jordan Schessler twice exceeded her goal to raise funds for the education and cure of Lymphedema. With the help of school social worker Christine Kennedy and 15 members of the teaching staff, Jordan raised $2,000 for the National Lymphedema Network by hosting a schoolwide scavenger hunt.
Approximately 85 students participated in the activity, during which they searched for clues in the library, art room, band room, gymnasium, and other locations throughout the school. Each member of the winning team received a $5 gift card.
Lymphedema is a blockage of the lymph nodes, vessels that drain fluids throughout the body and allow immune cells to travel where they are needed. This condition hits close to home for Jordan, who was diagnosed with lymphedema at nine years of age. Jordan also volunteers her time in the National Lymphedema Network’s regional office in Woodbury, where she counsels patients.