Birmingham florist says ‘I love you’ with special arrangement for mother battling Alzheimer’s

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Norton’s Florist is a family-run business, but Alzheimer’s disease recently forced an important member to step away. 

Debby Pappas was the quality control manager at Norton’s for more than a decade. In 2012, her family began noticing changes in her memory and her mood and she was diagnosed with the disease. She now lives in an assisted care facility.

Her husband and son continue to run the floral shop and recently designed a limited-edition floral arrangement in her honor that is meant to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s for Mother’s Day 2019.

The arrangement is appropriately named Debby’s Delight and features purple flowers, including hydrangeas and lavender roses. 

“We’re going to be donating $15 from each bouquet sold to the Alzheimer’s Association,” Cameron Pappas, Debby’s son, said.

The total cost of the arrangement is $79.95 and Cameron told CBS 42 he plans to take orders even on Sunday morning for same-day delivery.

“We want them to order sooner than later because it is a limited product and the sooner you order the better,” Cameron Pappas said. 

According to Jessica Miller, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 94,000 people in Alabama are currently battling Alzheimer’s and two-thirds of those people are women.

“One thing that I think a lot of people don’t realize — typically Alzheimer’s is associated with people 65 and older — but there is early onset that happens even younger than that,” Miller said. “Some people even in their 40s and 50s.”

Miller said the proceeds donated from the Debby’s Delight floral arrangements will help Alzheimer’s Association event known as The Longest Day on June 21.

“I’ll be going to see [Debby] on Sunday and I think my dad is going to take one of these, I might be taking another one,” Cameron said. 

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