Several local organizations and businesses are teaming up to build support for seven-year-old Josh Hardy.

After the young cancer victim underwent a recent bone marrow transplant, there were complications and his health deteriorated. He developed an adenovirus, and the only drug that his family believes would help save his life is not yet widely available. It lacks U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval and he is unable to get a dose from Chimerix, the company that makes it.

A campaign over social media has erupted to flood Chimerix with phonecalls and emails to change its mind about giving Josh a dose of the medicine he needs. Josh’s story has attracted national attention.

Foode, Old Towne Butcher, The Fairy Godmother Project, Lyon Bakery and US Foods are starting a letter-writing campaign to Kenneth Moch, the CEO of Chimerix, to support Josh.

Foode is offering free burgers in its courtyard Tuesday to anyone who signs a letter to Moch. The letters will be written by The Fairy Godmother Project and supporters will be able to sign the letters.

The “joshburgers” will be served during Foode’s normal business hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on.

On Foode’s Facebook page, it says: “Let’s help each other any way we can. Sign a letter, eat a burger, and let’s try to do whatever we can to help #savejosh.”


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