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Dressing down to raise awareness

St. Mary's Academy students and teachers (front row, from left) Michael DiGregorio, Kelsey Dwyer, Katie Nolan, (second row, from left) Joey Saraceni, MJ Young, Alexis Netti, Vivian Capone, Emily Giocondo, Stella Capone, (third row, from left) Michael Berger, Kennedy Wicks, Mary Nolan, Nickolas Janczyk, Jimmy Ahern, (fourth row, from left) Evan Kinville, Sara Hunter, Eleanor Black, Maddie Troendle, (fifth row, from left) Teacher Mrs. Vinette, Katelyn Oswalt, Adam Kinville, Evan Barker, Emilee Edick and Principal Renae Henderson, are raising money for AVM, a rare and life-threatening condition that causes abnormal blood vessel growth.

St. Mary's Academy students and teachers (front row, from left) Michael DiGregorio, Kelsey Dwyer, Katie Nolan, (second row, from left) Joey Saraceni, MJ Young, Alexis Netti, Vivian Capone, Emily Giocondo, Stella Capone, (third row, from left) Michael Berger, Kennedy Wicks, Mary Nolan, Nickolas Janczyk, Jimmy Ahern, (fourth row, from left) Evan Kinville, Sara Hunter, Eleanor Black, Maddie Troendle, (fifth row, from left) Teacher Mrs. Vinette, Katelyn Oswalt, Adam Kinville, Evan Barker, Emilee Edick and Principal Renae Henderson, are raising money for AVM, a rare and life-threatening condition that causes abnormal blood vessel growth.

— St. Mary's Academy students dress down for a cause.

The students and teachers are raising money for AVM, a rare and life-threatening condition that causes abnormal blood vessel growth. This cause is personal for the students at St. Mary's Academy as Kelleigh Gustafson, a junior at Bishop Grimes Prep, is affected by this disease.

"When someone from one of our sister schools needs our help, our students rise to the occasion,” said Principal Renae Henderson.

The students purchased T-shirts, bracelets and paid $2 to "dress down." The students raised $635 for "Kelleigh's Cause" to fund research for this terrible disease.

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