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Greenwich Ave. is Going Purple for Alzheimer's Awareness

Celebrating Hope 2015 volunteers tied purple bows around trees

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Greenwich, CT | Added on April 22, 2015 At 02:00 PM

Greenwich Ave. is going purple to raise awareness for Alzheimer's Disease. 

"We are tying the trees with purple ribbons," said Sharon Parker. 

"It's been a disease of silence. People have been ashamed, not wanting to talk about it. But it touches so many families. We want to get out there and talk about it," said Lynn Hagerbrant. 

The ribbons are now wrapped around the trees outside the Board of Education Building and the Greenwich Senior Center. 45 merchants on the Ave. are also "going purple" to support the cause. 

"When somebody sees a bow, if they can think about how they might donate, come to the gala, or help one of their friends who's a caregiver," said Parker. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death and there is no cure. This hits close to home for both Sharon Parker and Lynn Hagerbrant. They have family members who have died from Alzheimer's or are currently fighting the disease. 

"My husband died of Alzheimer's 10 years ago in June," said Parker. 

"It's been a very hard struggle for me. I'm hoping to raise awareness so it can be easier for somebody else who's a  caregiver," said Hagerbrant. 

There will be a Celebrating Hope gala and benefit on Friday, May 1 at Richard's in Greenwich. 

"Celebrating Hope, raising awareness, raising funds for programs, research, to hopefully find a cure," said Hagerbrant. 

"We have Kim Campbell as our guest speaker who is the woof of Glen who was diagnosed with the disease in 2011," said Parker. 

For more information, visit www.alz.org/connecticut. 


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