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New Canaan Country School Staging Day Of Service As Memorial To Student

Kyle Markes
Kyle Markes Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- New Canaan Country School will host its second annual Kyle A. Markes Day of Service on Saturday in honor of a Stamford boy who died from cancer.

Kyle, who was a sixth-grader at Country School, died on Christmas Eve 2013 at the age of 11 after a 13-month battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

He recently was named the 2016 Light The Night Fairfield County In Memory Honoree, an event that raises money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The Day of Service, an annual event organized by the school's Parents’ Association and the Office of Community Development, honors Kyle and his family’s commitment to service.

More than 100 school volunteers will partner with more than 14 area organizations with volunteer opportunities for students of all ages both on and off campus. The organizations include Ben's Bells, Boys & Girls Club of America (Stamford), Carver Foundation, Delete Blood Cancer, Domus, Family & Children's Agency, Inspirica, Jump for Joy, New Canaan Nature Center, Open Door Shelter, Person-to-Person and Waveny LifeCare Network.

The Delete Blood Cancer Drive will be conducted at King School in Stamford and aims to register eligible donors to the National Bone Marrow Registry.

The event will conclude with a basketball tournament on Kyle’s Court in the afternoon and remarks by the event organizers and the Markes family.

New Canaan Country School is at 635 Frogtown Road.

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