WEST GRANGE PHARMACY IN TRENTON HOSTING SHOP-A-THON FUNDRAISER AND PRINCESS PARTY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20 FOR SEVEN-YEAR-OLD KATHLEEN EDWARD, BULLIED HOMETOWN HERO BATTLING JUVENILE HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE
“We Love Kathleen” shop-a-thon fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 20 at West Grange Pharmacy, 3390 West Road in Trenton. 20% of all toy and gift department purchases will be donated directly to Kathleen Edward and her family to help cover their mounting medical expenses related to Kathleen’s battle with juvenile Huntington’s disease. Kathleen’s mother died from Huntington’s disease in June 2009. “We love Kathleen” t-shirts will also be sold with 100% of the profits benefitting the family. There will also be an information table about Huntington’s disease. Additional donations will be acceptedÂ at the register; checks must be made payable to Kathleen’s Crusaders.
“Kathleen’s Princess Party” for this special young girl and her friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 20 in the toy department at West Grange Pharmacy. Kathleen and her friends will enjoy food, fun and live entertainment featuring Lilly Piccadilly The Clown; O’Brien Entertainment is providing a strolling fairy princess table.
A neighbor’s cruel, bullying behavior toward Kathleen and the Edward family has made national headlines. While the taunting and intimidating harassment they have endured for several years has caused outrage around the world, those closest to Kathleen in her hometown of Trenton, Michigan, are rallying together to show her how much she is loved in this close-knit community. Huntington’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that destroys its victims’ ability to think, speak and walk. Adults typically live 10-25 years after the onset of symptoms. Children with juvenile Huntington’s, a rare and more aggressive version of the disease, only live 5-10 years after the onset of symptoms. There is currently no effective treatment or cure. Kathleen is terminally ill and on hospice.
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West Grange Pharmacy owner, Rich Grossman, said: “My entire staff and I have always felt so fortunate to serve the kind, giving, supportive people of Trenton. This is our opportunity to extend that generosity to this very special little girl and her family. We want to help raise funds for Kathleen and show her that she is loved by our community as a whole.” Celebrating its 50th year in the community, West Grange Pharmacy has served customers in the Trenton area since 1960. They are proud to be known as one of the last great independent pharmacies in town and have a strong commitment to personal service. West Grange Pharmacy has managed to maintain the intimacy of a neighborhood pharmacy and also features an extensive gift department.