Fundraiser to benefit Burlington Elementary student

Published 10:03 am Thursday, November 29, 2012

With Thanksgiving just behind us, and Christmas straight ahead, the spirit of giving is on the hearts of many. The friends of 8-year-old Megan Foltz’s family would like to let people know of a way they could help a family this weekend.

Megan is fighting advanced leukemia and undergoing treatment in Cincinnati for an extended period. To help offset the financial hardships this will put on the Foltz family, a group of people from the community got together to help.

From 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, there will be an indoor rummage sale and bake sale at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 24 union building, located at 2029 County Road 1, in South Point.

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Lisa Cremeans, family friend, said as of Tuesday, there are already four storage units of items for sale, and they hope the donations will keep coming.

In addition to the rummage sale items, there will be baked goods and hot dogs for sale.

Cremeans said she has seen how involved the Foltz family has been in the community, always giving. Now both of Megan’s parents have had to put their jobs on hold while they put their focus on the health and wellbeing of Megan, staying with her in Cincinnati during her treatment.

“They always support the community in whatever is going on,” Cremeans said. “Now is the community’s chance to give back some.”

Lisa said there are several ways to help. If anyone has any items that can be sold, she can be contacted at (304) 417-1272, or contact Jillana Gillum at (606) 922-7258. She said also people will be at the union hall on Friday at 5 p.m. to get the items ready for the sale if anyone would like to drop things off then.

Food items are another way to help. Wrapped baked goods, cans of pop, bottles of water, hot dogs, buns, individual sized bags of chips, coffee, or ice can be donated as well. Monetary donations or time volunteering at the sale will also be appreciated.

Shopping at the sale, as well as spreading the word about it and praying for the family are other ways Cremenas hopes the community will be involved.

Megan is a student at Burlington Elementary School. She had been in remission with leukemia for two years.

“Now it has come back savagely,” Cremeans said.

Cremeans met the Foltz family through church, where she and the family attend at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Huntington.

“She is a very outgoing, fun, free-spirited little girl,” Cremeans said. “She is in all the church plays and activities.”

Megan also has an older brother, Chris, who is 19, and a brother Alex, who is 13 and has autism. He is staying with his grandmother during Megan’s treatment.

While caring for Alex, the grandmother found out she has breast cancer and is undergoing treatment for that.

Cremeans describes the family as very spiritual and said she knows it isn’t right to question why things happen, but it’s hard not to.

Cremeans would like to encourage the community to come out Saturday in support.

“You never know when this could hit your family, so try to do what you would want to have done for your family,” she said. “Come out and help in any way you can.”