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Andrea McConnell , the founder of The Fairy Godmother Project, tells people Josh Hardy's story as they sign letters to send to Chimerix.

At least 500 people have already signed letters of support for Josh Hardy at Foode’s “joshburger” giveaway.

The letter says:

Dear Mr. Moch:

I know you have stated that your company cannot release the drug for Josh Hardy but I refuse to accept this. Our community has rallied behind this family and will continue to do so until you show some compassion for this young boy who has fought for his life repeatedly and won. Don’t let your company be the reason that Josh dies.

I am asking that you release a dose of Brinvidofovir for compassionate use to save 7 year old Josh Hardy immediately!

What if Josh was your child?

Sincerely,

(Name)

Foode, along with several local organizations and businesses, are teaming up to build support for Josh.

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 through social media has erupted to flood Chimerix with phone calls and emails urging the company 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 running a letter-writing campaign to Kenneth Moch, the CEO of Chimerix, to support Josh.

Foode was offering free burgers in its courtyard Tuesday to anyone who signs a letter to Moch. The letters are being written by The Fairy Godmother Project and supporters can sign the letters.

The “joshburgers” will be served until 8 p.m. Tuesday night. This afternoon they were running out of burgers, but planned to offer hot dogs as well.

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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