October 2nd, 2009
02:26 PM ET

"Punky Brewster" goes purple

Last week, a "Find The Good" reader tipped me to the Alzheimer's Association "Who Wears Purple Best?" campaign, to raise awareness of the disease's growing prevalence.  Eight celebrity "Alzheimer's Champions" competed, but when the winner was announced today, it was no competition: Soleil Moon Frye took the title with more than 51% of votes cast.  Terrell Owens of the NFL's Buffalo Bills was second, followed by "Frasier" funnyman and longtime Alzheimer's activist David Hyde Pierce, Seth Rogen, Bradley Cooper, Melina Kanakaredes, Natalie Morales, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

One person develops this devastating disease every 70 seconds.  Kudos to Frye and the other celebs for helping spread the word.

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. TGreathouse

    Pictures WOULD have been helpful. Are you kidding me?! So little info/storyline for such a MAJOR cause.Sad, my 10 yr old could have produced a better article.

    October 5, 2009 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lady Purple

    Definitely Natalie Morales was soooooooooo much more purple!

    October 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pierre

    Dec. - Soleil played Punky.
    Also, is it just me or are most of those shirts either blue or white? You can't wear purple best when you're not wearing it. Or can you . . . hmm.

    October 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JW

    Shawn, you find an article useless without pictures? What are you, in the 1st grade? Even tho the article is small it was brought to everyone's attention that read it today. Now go out and tell 2 friends who will tell 2 friends and on and on. Make it become known to more people through word of mouth.
    Shannon I am so sorry for your loss. Campaign to get “Who wears Gray best” going. Write letters, email, make phone calls to politicians, celebrities, and companies with the power to get it all started. Good luck to you.

    October 4, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Denise

    I know four people right now living w/Alheimer's and it's far more devistating in most ways than even cancer (and I know a number of people combatting different forms of cancer right now too). This disease deserves a great deal more attention from the public and researchers alike – it devistated not only the sufferer, but also the families involved. My heart goes out to all that are working through it.

    October 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MeezY

    Elizabeth Hasselbeck came in last..thats too bad

    October 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dec

    Where's the Brewster connection???

    October 4, 2009 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. ruffnutt

    if she would have stayed the same size instead of getting a reduction she would proably still be famous. maybe david letterman will give here a job.

    October 4, 2009 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lady

    Hey fish the reason it only gets a paragraph is because it's GOOD news. Cnn only posts the bad news because they think that's what everyone wants to see. If it sells more that's all that counts.

    October 3, 2009 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rachel

    Damian, you aren't the kind of guy any worthwhile woman would want to appeal to, so maybe don't worry about it. Bore somebody else with your sexist bull.

    October 3, 2009 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shawn

    this is useless with the pictures.....is CNN losing it

    October 3, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Elaine

    There just not enough publicity about this relentless disease. Please spread the word . This is a very unglamorous disease and needs so much more support and attention then it gets. Please HELP!!

    October 3, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Phydeaux

    Jeff! My goodness...if you want pictures just click on the link in the story to see them. Perhaps comic books are more your speed....lol!

    October 3, 2009 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Marky

    I am so tired of the constant criticism of Elisabeth Hasselbeck just because she's openly conservative. Whether or not I agree with her, this is America, and she has a right to her opinion. She should not be insulted for it any more than any liberal should, therefore if she supports something such as Alzheimer's (which has affected her family), she shouldn't be treated rudely for doing so and neither should anyone else.

    October 3, 2009 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Shannon

    Now how about a "Who Wears Gray Best" contest to bring attention to brain cancer. I'm sure my 12-year-old son who died from in a year ago would be happy with some attention to this disease. I know I would.

    October 3, 2009 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  16. Joe in Pittsburgh, PA

    I agree, Libby. A number of women need to go through the reduction procedure due to the incredible back pain they suffer each day. Good for Ms. Frye. It's sad when people like Damian make all of us men look bad.

    @Mike: Sound like you haven't turned on a television, watched a movie or viewed a sporting event in the last two decades.

    @Dyann - I'm not quite sure if Elisabeth Hasselbeck's head is even attached to her own body on a regular basis. If it is, it doesn't seem to be working. However, I applaud her for supporting such a worthy cause.

    Finally, agree with practically everyone that this issue deserves more coverage than CNN is offering. Amazing how much exposure a failed attempt to get the Olympics into Chicago of all places was a major story, but this...

    October 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dyann

    Pretty sure that's Elisabeth Hasselbeck's head on someone else's body. Not that she isn't a skinny woman, but the head looks completely pasted on. Just saying.

    October 2, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Frank from Houston

    Mike.... What planet do you live on????? Is English your third language????

    October 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Libby French


    I find your comment REALLY offensive. If you'd read any the interviews she did and if you read any medical literature you would realize that large breasts, particulary on a very petite person, cause a LOT of severe back pain. You are a man and don't have breasts and therefore would not realize this, but, you can read the articles. She GAINED me as a fan when she did it because she did it and explained her reasons so that she would provide inspiration or at least education for other women going through this issue. After knowing personally several women who have dealt with this issue either by doing something about or by enduring it, I have a lot of respect for Punky Brewster and for all the women living this.

    October 2, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  20. bzmom6893

    @fish...you're right. I'm not taking anything away from breast cancer. It is a horrible disease. Unlike Alzheimer's, however, it can be beaten. Alzheimer's is fatal in 100% of the cases. I am a nurse manager of an Alzheimer's/ dementia unit. My father has pre-senile dementia and it is awful to watch. More awareness needs to be brought to this horrible disease. It is NOT a normal part of aging. It is devastating in a way that no other disease is; the body remains while the brain and personality go, leaving a shadow of the former person who eventually forgets everything and everyone. We need to push for research and new drugs in this field.

    October 2, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Bridgette

    Seth Rogen looks like Screech Powers

    October 2, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Rob

    DAMN !! Punky is HOT!

    October 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  23. John

    Is this the cast of the next VH1 reality show?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  24. oooooogggggg

    two words: BRETT FARVE

    October 2, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Mike

    I've never heard of most of the "celebrities" mentioned in this story. And I'm not really sure what the story is referring to because it is so poorly written. Did you chop of a few other paragraphs by mistake?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Yoja

    I'm just surprised that, with those names, I haven't heard of this before, and I'm a pretty avid reader of abcnews.com, cnn.com and ew.com (entertainment weekly).

    October 2, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jerry

    Thanks for bringing us this information. It's nice to see that celebs are getting behind more awareness of this devastating disease.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  28. M

    Seth Rogen looks weird skinny. Good for him, but he looks weird.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Kathy

    Damian, grow up. She got a breast reduction for health reasons. I personally think she looks great and is a happily married wife and mother. I also think this is a great cause. My mother suffers from the disease and it's very sad to watch and hard to live with.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Mook

    Punky Brewster is a celebrity?

    October 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  31. damian

    Punky lost me as a fan when she got a boob reduction


    October 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Ray

    I agree with Fish. But this is a start. It's getting celebrities to rally around it so by tomorrow the pink ribbons will be forgotten and it will be all purple as America makes another shallow chase after "What's popular with Celebrities"

    October 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  33. K to Jeff

    Jeff – click the link; you'll find all the pics.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Fish

    It's too bad this worthy cause was only given barely a paragraph. I wonder if this were for breast cancer if it would have been three pages. I'm glad to see so many celebrities giving attention to such an awful disease and worthy cause. It'd be great if it were given more attention than it currently gets.

    October 2, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Jeff

    This article is worthless without pictures...

    October 2, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |

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