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Darien Schools Fight Back Against Cancer

DARIEN, Conn. – Darien schools raised more than $33,700 this year for the American Cancer Society through the annual Daffodil Days campaign. Over the past 17 years, teachers, students and the community have raised more than half a million dollars for the Cancer Society’s fight against the disease.

The seed for the community event was planted by Middlesex Middle School teacher Nancy Clifford. After losing her sister to cancer, she began the annual campaign and engaged the entire district. Now retired, Clifford remains active as a Cancer Society volunteer and works with students on the community service project.

“Daffodil Days has been a great addition to our community service activities and is a blossoming success in all of the Darien Schools. It has given us the opportunity to give back to the community and has been a great example of how everyone can get involved in the process of helping others," said Clifford.

Dollars raised through Daffodil Days enable the Cancer Society to offer free programs and services that help people fight cancer while providing physical and emotional support and financial information. Such resources are available at the new American Cancer Society Regional Center in Norwalk and include transportation to and from treatment, emotional support programs, educational classes, help finding clinical trials and programs for women to help restore their appearance and self-image after cancer treatment.

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