Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (September 11, 2019) – Fruth Pharmacy will be collecting items and monetary donations during the month of September for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Brett Wilson, Founder and CEO of Walking Miracles Family Foundation, will be working with Fruth Pharmacy to identify families in Fruth communities in West Virginia and Ohio who need assistance, while their child is undergoing treatments for cancer.
“Our West Virginia families and survivors impacted by childhood adolescent and young adult cancer, need all the assistance they can get,” Wilson shared. “Being able to collaborate and work with Fruth Pharmacy on this level is beyond my dreams. We can impact so many families statewide going through this journey with pharmacy cards. Everyone going through this journey is a ‘Walking Miracle’,” stated Wilson.
One of those ‘Walking Miracles’ is Jeremy Huff. Huff was diagnosed with cancer at stage 4 while he was a junior at Winfield High School; two masses were found on his brain. Huff’s football coach put him into contact with Brett Wilson of Walking Miracles.
“Walking Miracles helped me and is still helping me,” Huff stated, “Fruth has always been good to me – before I was an employee and even now Fruth continues to be good to me,” Huff shared.
Huff worked for Fruth Pharmacy for 4 years at the Scott Depot location. Huff was a Fruth Scholarship winner and participated in the annual Fruth Scholarship Golf Tournament.
Currently, Huff likes to help patients and families at Walking Miracles. He distributes and assists with Walking Miracles’ welcome packets or he simply talks to kids and their parents about his and his family’s experience during his cancer diagnosis and treatments.
“I think I’m good at giving the truth – the advice kids and their families need; people don’t always think about how cancer affects your family – my mom had to put her job on pause, so she could be with me at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital during my treatments and my dad had to stay home with my younger brothers. It was a tough time for everyone,” Huff explained.
Walking Miracles Family Foundation provides families with welcome packets that include iPads, preloaded with apps to help families keep track of appointments, items they will need for appointments, and links to treatment plans and more. Part of these packets include gift cards for services, gas, hotel rooms and other things a family may need while travelling for treatments.
You can help Walking Miracles and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in two ways: 1: You can provide a monetary donation to be used for gift cards to help pay for prescriptions, items needed for overnight treatments, or other items a family may need like groceries. Please speak to a Fruth cashier if you would like to make a monetary donation. There is no set amount and every penny counts. 2: You can purchase an item on Nationwide Children’s Wishlist and give to a Fruth cashier to place in the donation bin. Nationwide’s Wishlist is available on fruthpharmacy.com or on Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s website at: https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving.
“Our employees have been touched by childhood cancer in more than one community,” Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy began, “Fruth also has had employees, like Jeremy Huff, that were childhood cancer survivors. We are pleased to be able to offer support to local families and let them know we are thinking of them and their children, during these difficult days,” Fruth concluded.
“The things that helped me the most during the most difficult times, were my friends,” Huff stated. My friends and family were always there for me. My faith in God kept me going. God talked to me when I was diagnosed and told me that ‘He’s got this’,” Huff shared.
When asked what Huff would tell a current childhood cancer patient and their family, Huff said, “I’m a cancer survivor, Brett’s a cancer survivor – and as a survivor, all you want to do is help others. I would tell anyone today, if you need help – even if you have finished your treatments, contact Walking Miracles. It’s been over 7 years and Walking Miracles is still helping me,” Huff concluded.
Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned pharmacy with locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.
Walking Miracles Family Foundation is a 501c3 charity in West Virginia. We help caregivers, families and survivors impacted by childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer to resources and referral networks and to help defray the cost of travel during the cancer journey. You can donate directly to Walking Miracles at http://www.walkingmiracles.org.