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Purple bows and ribbons adorn the fence in front of Jerome Harrison Elementary School in Branford to honor Lyla Bogardus, who lost her battle with cancer Christmas Day, 2016. Photo by Julie Eckart Johnson/The Sound

Purple bows and ribbons adorn the fence in front of Jerome Harrison Elementary School in Branford to honor Lyla Bogardus, who lost her battle with cancer Christmas Day, 2016. (Photo by Julie Eckart Johnson/The Sound | Buy This Photo)

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Marley Krebs, Mallory Hoskins, Ashley Amendola, Kevin Frost, and Adrienne Frost gathered Dec. 28 at Giovanni’s in Northford to make purple bows for the community to decorate and honor Lyla Bogardus who lost her battle with rhabdomyosarcoma Christmas Day, 2016. Photo by Julie Eckart Johnson/The Sound

Marley Krebs, Mallory Hoskins, Ashley Amendola, Kevin Frost, and Adrienne Frost gathered Dec. 28 at Giovanni’s in Northford to make purple bows for the community to decorate and honor Lyla Bogardus who lost her battle with rhabdomyosarcoma Christmas Day, 2016. (Photo by Julie Eckart Johnson/The Sound | Buy This Photo)

North Branford Goes Purple for Lyla

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Lyla Bogardus of North Branford passed away on Christmas Day after battling rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer of the muscle, for over seven years. In honor of her and the Bogardus family, residents of North Branford are decorating the town in purple during January by putting ribbons on their mailboxes, trees, lamp posts, etc. Free bows are available on Wednesday, Dec. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Giovanni's, 855 Forest Road, Northford. Purple light bulbs may also be available for $2.

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