Middle School Students Raise Over $600 for Cancer Patient Advocacy Group
Notre Dame Marist Academy's middle-school students gather outside the school after raising money for the Colon Cancer Alliance on March 1.

Students, faculty and staff of Notre Dame's middle division raised more than $600 Friday as part of the 5th annual Dress in Blue Day™ program, sponsored by the Colon Cancer Alliance. The Colon Cancer Alliance’s National Dress in Blue Day takes place on the first Friday in March and kicks off March as National Colorectal Cancer Month every year. The program is designed to promote awareness of colon cancer, encourage people to get their colon checked and ultimately, to put an end to this often preventable disease.

Fundraising from Dress in Blue Day activities will benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance’s mission and screening, patient support and research programs.

"Dress in Blue Day was a big success thanks to all the generous families and faculty here at Notre Dame Marist Academy," said Laura Pangori, a Notre Dame parent and one of the event's coordinators. "It was so nice to see all the support from the children that morning too! The halls were a sea of blue."  

The kids collected $662.00 for the CCA to support their mission and vision. Pangori added that at the Colon Cancer Alliance, their vision is for a world free of colon cancer where education, early detection and treatment lead to survivorship for all. "And every dollar raised helps."

The Colon Cancer Alliance is the nation’s leading colon cancer patient advocacy organization, focused on prevention and survivorship of this disease. The Colon Cancer Alliance provides a variety of support, education and awareness programs throughout the year for patients, survivors, caregivers and the general public.

The Dress in Blue Day program was sponsored in part by Genentech.

About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at www.ndpma.org.
(March 5, 2013)