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Florists Rally for Cancer Stricken AIFD member
Gerry Gregg AIFD of Chico, California, lovingly known as Orange Man, is battling Burkitt Lymphoma, a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
As an active member of the American Institutue of Floral Design floral community, Gerry has been involved with the decorating of floats at the Pasadena Rose Parade, installation of award winning gardens at the Philadelphia Garden Show, floral decor for Mardis Gras celebrations, and numerous holidays and events with flowers around the nation.
In addition to designing flowers, Gerry is the go-to source for natural botanicals from the mountains. Professional florists world-wide rely on him for the absolute best lichens, mosses, cones, manzanita, ghost wood, and mountain collectables. With the fashion forward "woodlands" trend, Gerry's products are in demand.
We have all relied on Gerry as we create fabulous floral designs with mountain materials. Now, he relies on us as he puts all his energy towards banishing the disease from his body.
Floral friends and family are organized to provide meals, taxi services, house cleaning and friendly hugs as he heals. A fund raising campaign is underway to help cover the healthcare costs.
You're invited to join the floral community and help. Every little bit helps!
Burkitt lymphoma is a form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in which cancer starts in immune cells called B-cells. Recognized as the fastest growing human tumor, Burkitt lymphoma is associated with impaired immunity and is rapidly fatal if left untreated. However, intensive chemotherapy can achieve long term survival in more than half the people with Burkitt lymphoma. With help from the floral community, Gerry is expected to make a full recovery and return to the business of flowers and floral design.