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Greenwich 6th-Graders Raise Funds For Stamford Cancer Nonprofit

From left are Celia Daigle, Sydney Pittignano, Elizabeth Raezer, Grayson McIntyre and Winnie Marion.
From left are Celia Daigle, Sydney Pittignano, Elizabeth Raezer, Grayson McIntyre and Winnie Marion. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Five sixth-graders at Stanwich School in Greenwich recently held a bake sale to raise funds for the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy of Stamford.

The girls – Celia Daigle, Winnie Marion, Grayson McIntyre, Sydney Pittignano and Elizabeth Raezer – learned about ACGT and the foundation’s mission after reading a story in the local newspaper.

ACGT Is the nation’s only nonprofit dedicated exclusively to cell and gene therapies for cancer. It has granted over $24.7 million to top oncologists and researchers internationally in the fight against cancer.

The girls crafted signs, promoted the sale over morning announcements, and baked the treats – including marble cake and snicker doodles. They raised $220. The donation will go directly toward the cause, as ACGT commits 100 percent of donations directly toward research and treatment. Currently, ACGT is funding innovative projects at Stanford University, University of Maryland and elsewhere that offer hope to children diagnosed with brain cancer. In conjunction with an earlier bake sale, the girls have donated a total of $450 to ACGT.

“We’re so proud our girls have the initiative and heart to raise funds for such great causes,” said Beth Daigle, Celia’s mother.

“We are so gratified that these young philanthropists at Stanwich School have ACGT in their hearts and minds,” said Barbara Netter, ACGT President and Co-Founder. “Celia, Winnie, Grayson, Sydney and Elizabeth inspire us all to help fund research that will save lives and change the way we treat cancer forever.”

ACGT funds leading physicians, researchers and medical facilities internationally with a clear mission: uncovering effective, innovative cancer treatments that supersede radiation, chemotherapy and surgery. It has served as a major funding engine in the fight against cancer since its formation in 2001, and has provided nearly $25 million in grants to date.

ACGT was created by Barbara and Edward Netter after the loss of their daughter-in-law to breast cancer. Since Edward’s death in 2011, Barbara Netter has led the foundation as president and co-founder.

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