Quinn Linzer lived 14 months before succumbing to a terminal illness Friday night, but she did more in that time than most could do in an eternity.
After being diagnosed with Niemann-Pick Disease Type A at just 3 months old, Linzer’s family created a to-do list to help her live a lifetime.
Linzer made it to a baseball game and even swam with dolphins. But there was one item that wasn’t on Linzer’s to-do list that she managed to tackle anyway: touch an entire community.
With the news of Linzer’s condition worsening Wednesday, neighbors of the Lenox Avenue family sent out text messages to spread word about tying ribbons around trees in Lynbrook as a gesture of solidarity. The text messages eventually hit Facebook where the idea really picked up steam.
As of Friday night, Lenox Avenue had every tree, every light pole and every stop sign tied with a ribbon.
“So many people rushed to get ribbon that stores were running out,” Lynbrook resident Nikki Roberts told Patch. “People were asking for help on the Facebook page for anyone with extra ribbon to tie some to their trees. I must have tied a 100 trees that day.”
The act wasn’t limited to Lenox Avenue, as ribbons were found all across Lynbrook including areas like Atlantic Avenue and Greis Park.
“I think its amazing how so many people wanted to show their love and support for this amazing little girl,” said Roberts, who met the Linzers through a friend. “This 14-month-old angel bought so many people together and connected them forever. This is why I live in Lynbrook!”More can be read about Quinn on the Linzer family’s blog.