Although it’s not currently Breast Cancer Awareness Month, pink vanilla ice cream is back on the menu this week at The Berry Patch. This time, the proceeds are going toward helping Amy Faw cover expenses as she battles triple-negative breast cancer. She was diagnosed on March 2 and will go to Chapel Hill on Wednesday for her 9th week of treatment.
Faw said hers is a rare form that affects only 10 to 15 percent of breast cancer patients, “So my treatment is a little different than most people.” She said she is starting out with chemotherapy and will be going through surgery later.
Berry Patch owner Lee Berry has been supportive of breast cancer benefits since his aunt was diagnosed. The past two years, his business has donated $750 to the Clara McLean House in Pinehurst with proceeds from selling the colorful confection.
Usually only 50 percent of the profits to toward the charity — but this time, Berry said all the money will go to help Faw.
“She’s been a friend of ours for years,” he said Monday afternoon. “After everybody did so much for Jack years ago, you hate not to give back.”
Jack Berry — Lee and Amy Berry’s middle child — began having seizures at 6 months old and was later diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy, at age 6.
Berry said he knows just how expensive treatment can be, especially when you add in travel and food expenses — “Just the inconvenience to go through treatment.”
“We made four buckets of ice cream,” he said. “We can make more.” In addition to the ice cream sales, there is a donation jar set up at the window of the World’s Largest Strawberry.
“The girls agreed to give up their tips for the whole week,” Berry said.
Faw, appreciative of the help she’s gained from the community over the past two months, said the latest effort from the Berry’s is “just another example of supportive our little town is.”
“It’s very humbling — I don’t feel that I deserve it,” she said. “I’ve always thought a lot of their family.”
She’s also received support from her church family at Freedom Baptist Church and her husband’s work family at the post office.
Bran Faw is postmaster at the Rockingham location and the workers have been approved to wear “Team Amy” shirts, made by Colleen Parsons.
There is also a benefit motorcycle ride scheduled for June 5 and a soccer tournament in July that will aid the Faws.
While she extends her gratitude to the local outpouring and wants everyone to keep her family in their thoughts and prayers, Faw said she prefers “to be the doer.”
“I would rather be doing something for someone else than other people doing for me,” she said. “It’s times like this you find out how caring people really are.”