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Long Beach Catholic School 'Dress Down'

Event raises funds to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Long Beach Catholic Regional School's Principal Veronica Danca and Susanne Igneri, a coordinator for the school's Lustgarten Foundation events, were joined by students Michael and Ava Burns, along with their mother Erica and the school’s students to celebrate “curePC Dress-Down Day” on May 1. 

The fundraising event was inspired by Michael’s participation in The Lustgarten Foundation and Cablevision’s curePC campaign, which raises awareness of the urgent need to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. Each of the school’s 400 students, kindergarten through eight grade, was excused from wearing his/her school uniform and could instead, for one dollar, choose to "dress down" in purple, the color used to represent pancreatic cancer awareness. All of the money raised that day will be donated to The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation dedicated solely to funding pancreatic cancer research.

Based in Bethpage, New York, the Foundation supports research to find a cure for pancreatic cancer, facilitates dialogue within the medical and scientific community, and educates the public about the disease through awareness campaigns and fundraising events.

The Foundation has provided millions of research dollars with the hope that one day a cure can be found for the deadly disease. Cablevision Systems Corporation, a leading media and telecommunications company, underwrites all of The Lustgarten Foundation's administrative costs to ensure that 100 percent of every dollar raised will go directly to pancreatic cancer research.

For additional information, please visit www.curePC.org.


Photo Credit: Nancy Jacob


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