Naubuc mom sparks rally around kindred spirit; comedy show planned
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Jun. 30, 2011
Knowing that fellow Naubuc PTO mother Christine Hapgood had been diagnosed with a serious illness, Bridget Cooper decided to turn her own upcoming birthday weekend into a way for the Naubuc community to help one of its own.
At age 43, Hapgood learned that she has Stage IV colon cancer. She has two children at Naubuc – a second-grader, and one who just “graduated” and will attend Gideon Welles in the fall.
“I am blessed with my health and so much love of my friends and family that I've decided how I want to spend my 40th birthday,” Cooper said. “I want to help support my friend.”
Cooper enlisted the help of nationally-known comedian Dave Reilly, who has previously appeared at two Naubuc PTO fundraisers. Reilly agreed to do the gig for a nominal percentage of the ticket sales, and will perform his comedy show at A Villa Louisa in Bolton(near the Hebron and Glastonbury lines) on July 8.
Cooper said the Naubuc community has really rallied around Hapgood and her family.
“They’re providing meals for her,” she said, “and cleaning services and lawn care.”
Cooper said the support has been strong for Hapgood, who is undergoing chemotherapy, and is currently feeling “okay.”
“Some doctors won't treat it,” Cooper said. “But she found one that would. Currently she doesn't feel sick, but she also doesn't realize how much support she had. She feels almost overwhelmed by the attention. You [friends] can't be the doctor, and can't be the medicine, but you can be the hope,” she said.
Proceeds from the event will help with medical bills and expenses, and go toward her children's future education. Cooper said the event will hopefully also promote awareness. She said Hapgood is a non-smoker who leads a healthy lifestyle.
“It happens,” Cooper said. “It's around us. Sometimes just hearing the story gets us to do better preventative things.”
Cooper said the American Cancer Society will be supplying literature for the event, since colon cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, and often does not get caught until it is in an advanced stage.
The event takes place on July 8. Doors open at 7 p.m., and Reilly begins at 8 p.m. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.davereilly.com, or contact Bridget Cooper at 860-633-7574 or firstname.lastname@example.org.