Cooper Academy middle-school students presented $4,485.44 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in a Wednesday ceremony at the central Fresno campus.
Cooper Academy students were touched by the story of Cooper Academy teacher Kazy Gutierrez, whose daughter Emmy, 7, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 3 but has been cancer free since December 2011.
Students initially aimed to raise $2,000 during March in the annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser, but by bringing in coins and through other fundraising efforts they far surpassed their goal.
Cooper's total is the second-highest amount ever raised in the Fresno Unified School District for Pennies for Patients.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a national organization that helps to fund research and support for patients and families battling these aggressive cancers.