Fruth Pharmacy Collecting for Walking Miracles and Nationwide Children’s Hospital During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Archive Photo. Left to right: Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy, is pictured with Jeremy Huff, former Fruth employee and childhood cancer survivor, during the 2018 “Where’s Lynne Fruth?” Christmas Event.

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.

 

 

 

Fruth Pharmacy Announces 4th Annual Baby Face Winners

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (May 20, 2019) – Each year, Fruth Pharmacy chooses 4 babies to represent Fruth in advertising.  Fruth Pharmacy held its 4th Annual Baby Face Event on April 6th, 2019.  Over 100 babies entered for a chance to be a Mister or Miss Fruth.

The annual baby event is held in-part to help raise donations for area baby organizations, while Fruth searches for babies to use in seasonal campaigns.  Customers may make a $10 donation to a local baby organization to enter their child for a chance to be a Mister or Miss Fruth, babies must be in the age range of 0 -36 months.   Other customers, who do not want to enter a child in the contest, may donate an item an organization needs.

Thanks to many generous customers and employees, Fruth was able to raise over $7,000 worth of items for local baby charities.

This year’s Mister and Miss Fruths are:

Shannon Montgomery, 29 months, daughter of Wes and Tabithia Montgomery of Vinton, Ohio and granddaughter of Jeff and Joyce Oiler and Ed and Laura Lewis; Everett Skidmore, 8 months, son of Chelsey Fellure and Keith Skidmore of Vinton, Ohio and grandson of Larry and Carolyn Fellure, Jeff Rodgers and Delsa Skidmore; Graceyn White, 16 months, daughter of Terry and Danielle White of Culloden, West Virginia; and Zayn Sheppard, 6 months, son of Bernadette and Steve Holbert of Elizabeth, West Virginia.

Winners of the Baby Face event will have their picture hanging at their Fruth location as well as the Fruth corporate offices.  Each winner receives a photography package valued at $250.00.  Winners will also be featured throughout the year in Fruth Pharmacy’s advertising.

Fruth Pharmacy has been a family owned company for over 67 years.  Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 31 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

Robert Keith Wins Pigeon Forge Trip for 2

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (May 7, 2019) – Fruth Pharmacy is pleased to announce Robert Keith recently won a prize package to Pigeon Forge.

Keith entered to win a trip for two, when he came to Fruth Pharmacy in Mineral Wells to purchase flowers for his wife, Elaine, for Valentine’s Day.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company.  Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 31 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

Fruth Pharmacy Donates to Mason County Homeless Shelter

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (April 29, 2019) – On Friday, April 26th, members of the Fruth family came to The Mason County Homeless Shelter to present a check from the Fruth Charitable Trust.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack and Frances “Babs” Fruth started the Fruth Charitable Trust in 1998. The Fruth Charitable Trust was established to help with community needs, such as educational scholarships and more.

Mrs. Frances “Babs” Fruth passed in January of this year and left instructions for her family to distribute funds to several organizations in Mason County to continue their good works.

The check for $52,000 was presented to the Mason County Homeless Shelter on behalf of Jack and Frances “Babs” Fruth by their children: Mike, Joan, Carol, Lynne, and John Fruth. Fruth cousins Jim and Sharry Rossi serve on the Advisory Board for the Homeless Shelter committee and were also available for the check presentation.

“Our mom had a passion for this place,” Lynne Fruth explained, “it was a quiet passion. At Christmas time she and her helper, Lynne Fetty, would put together gift bags for the people at the shelter. Mom always included socks, gloves, toiletries, and a Fruth Pharmacy gift card, so everybody here got Christmas; they got things they needed, but if they also wanted to buy a box of candy, they could buy a box of candy. She really got a satisfaction knowing she made someone’s Christmas better,” Lynne Fruth shared with members of The Mason County Homeless shelter staff.

Fruth also shared several stories Mrs. Fruth told her five children about when she grew up in a small Ohio town during The Depression and how her mother decided if she ever had the opportunity to help someone in the future, she would do so. One story included having to wear shoes too small as there was no money to get new shoes that year or watching her mother help feed “hobos” with bread and butter sandwiches.

“Even though some of us live in other places now,” John Fruth spoke to the committee, “Mason County will always be special to us. We will always have a heart for this community. Our parents wanted this donation to go to people in Mason County.”

“This donation places us at a point now where we can draw down the community foundation funds for preliminary architectural work for our new facilities, we are very happy about that. This gets us past one of our thresholds. Our plan is to name the new homeless shelter, The Frances Fruth Homeless Service Center, in her honor,” John Machir, Housing Director of the Mason County Homeless Shelter shared.

Machir informed the group that the new facility will have 3 family rooms, all with their own bath. There will be a women’s dormitory with a bath, a men’s dormitory with a bath, a laundry facility, a large kitchen, and living area.

Last year, 111 families were turned away due to space at the shelter.

If you would like to donate or if you need the services of the Mason County Homeless Shelter, please call 304-675-1840.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company. Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 31 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

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