Act of kindness: Remembering a friend in Shelton

Above, Katie Thompson of Shelton, on left, and Briana Castro of Bridgeport scrub a vehicle during a Saturday car wash to raise money in the memory of 2006 Shelton High School Briana Gilligan Nostrant. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

In April, Gilligan Nostrant died after a three-year battle against acute lymphocytic leukemia.

About $900 was raised during the event. Thompson and Gilligan Nostrant were best friends, and Thompson organized the car wash.

Donations from the Team Briana car wash, held at the Echo Hose EMS headquarters, will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in her name.

Was creative and witty

Thompson described Gilligan Nostrant as creative and witty. “You always knew you were in for a laugh when you were with her,” Thompson said.

Gilligan Nostrant was survived by her parents, three siblings, and her husband David Nostrant. She and Dave Nostrant were married a few days before her passing in the presence of her immediate family and many viewers via Skype.

“Their wedding was the definition of true love and dedication,” friends said.

Light the Night event

Gilligan Nostrant also will be remembered as part of the Light the Night event on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. at Lighthouse Point in New Haven.

A team has been formed in Gilligan Nostrant’s memory for Light The Night and more members are welcome. Learn more about joining Team Briana or making a donation at