The F.X. Hegarty Student Council of F.X. Hegarty School in Island Park, NY, sponsored a fund raising campaign for ichthyosis during the month of May that concluded with an ice cream sale on June 1, 2006. The student council is made up of third and fourth graders, but the whole school participated in the event. Every class had a collection container in the classroom and students made donations of cash, checks, or coins for a "Funds for FIRST" campaign. An "Ice Cream for Ichthyosis" sale brought the accumulated proceeds to $2,672.86!
Foundation members, Denise and Marc Benedetto, were an integral part of this event. Denise is a kindergarten grade teacher at F. X. Hegarty and a co-advisor to the student council. Denise has been a coordinator in the Ichthyosis Support Network for many years and is a dedicated volunteer. Her son, Marc, (who will be entering fourth grade in the fall) is affected with Lamellar Ichthyosis.
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