|The 3rd and final Fort Thomas Central Artisan Market is this Friday. Reason #1 to go, support #TeamSuperJoey.|
Barb Thomas, owner of Fort Thomas Central, has created an Artisan Market every third Friday at the corner of Fort Thomas and Highland Avenues this summer. Unfortunately, untimely weather has dampened attendance to an extent. The spirit has not been diminished, however.
The weather for this Friday looks impeccable. Keep your fingers crossed!
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Let's keep the #SHOPLOCAL spirit going and send Fort Thomas Central and other artisans out with a bang for the final market of the year. In an effort to build excitement, FTM will showcase something each day that you can find at the Artisan Market. First up, #TEAMSUPERJOEY!
"Being with people who understand,” is what 12-year-old Joey Holt, of Fort Thomas, said when asked what his favorite part is of the Histio Hike Ohio. Last year Joey was able to meet dozens of other kids, and even a few adults, who also have a form of Histiocytosis, a rare cancer-like disease. Joey has Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. His white blood cells attacked and ate his hip bone. He had to get a bone graft, was in a wheelchair for quite some time, took high doses of steroids and pain meds and two years later still does physical therapy. He has been in and out of the hospital over the last two years, has regular check ups in oncology and still deals with unexplained debilitating pain that can last weeks, even months at a time. But he plans to hike six miles this September in honor of Histio Awareness Month at the Histio Hike Ohio to raise money for a cure.
Some of the kids he has met have gone through intensive chemotherapy and steroid treatment, received bone marrow and/or organ transplants, have had to move away from their friends and family to get treatment at an out of state hospital and so much more.
This disease can attack again at any time. It can attack bones, skin or organs. It’s just like cancer (Read: At Least it’s Not Cancer). If it attacks Joey again, he will undergo chemotherapy. There is no known cause and no known cure. The one comfort these kids get is when they can come together and feel normal, even if it’s just a weekend in Shawnee State Park for Histio Hike Ohio Sept 26-28.
Since Histio is considered rare, it does not receive funding for research. Money raised at the Histio Hike Ohio will be donated to the Histiocytosis Association for research in hopes of finding a cure for the Highlands Middle School student and others who have Histio.
People wanting to help by sponsoring #Teamsuperjoey have three options.
1. Preorder a 2014 Team Super Joey Tshirt by Saturday, August 16. Cost is $15 or four for $50. They come in youth and adult sizes. You can buy via paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by emailing email@example.com, be sure to put your size, quantity and address.
2. Make an online donation to sponsor Joey in the Histio Hike Ohio by clicking here (this is a tax write off).
3. Stop by the Artisan Market at Fort Thomas Central on Friday, August 15 and visit the #Teamsuperjoey table to order a T-shirt or buy baked goods and drinks. All money will go toward sponsoring Team Super Joey in the hike and donated to Histio research to find a cure.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.