As a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, philanthropy has always played a role in Brigid’s life. In an effort to give back, Brigid knew she wanted to share a portion of the proceeds of each handbag sold to support a cause. Brigid found a cause she wanted to support when she met a fellow knitter whose grandchild has a disease called Progeria.

Progeria is a fatal, “rapid aging” disease that afflicts children. Most children with this disease die of heart disease at an average of 13 years. The Progeria Research Foundation is determined to develop treatments and find a cure for this disease.

Thanks to the Progeria Research Foundation, there are now several studies confirming the link between progeria and heart disease and the normal aging process. Finding a cure for one of the rarest diseases to date could help millions suffering from heart attacks, strokes, and the aging that affects us all, as well as the young children who suffer from the rapid aging of progeria.

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