MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Mountaineer spirit that exists inside each student at West Virginia University is often put on display in the form of charity, kindness and support to those who may be going through a difficult time.
One WVU student has made it his mission to help ease the struggle of a friend.
In early February, Kyle Frazier, a junior advertising student, launched a Facebook page, “Superheroes for Phillip.” The goal of the page is to show support for Frazier’s friend Phillip who has been battling neuroblastoma, a form of cancer, for three years.
Phillip, a 23-year-old from Poolesville, Md., spends much of his life at hospitals. However, rather than allowing his illness to bring him down, he is known for distributing gifts and goodie bags to other young patients while walking the hallways wearing a Superman shirt at the hospitals he frequents.
Frazier said he and his mother came up with the idea to create a Facebook page as a way to collect pictures of people from around the world who are wearing superhero shirts as a way to show their support for Phillip.
“We came up with it because Phillip wears superhero shirts – his favorite is Superman – around the hospital to inspire hope in some of the younger cancer patients at Johns Hopkins,” Frazier said. “The goal of the page is to tell Phillip that people out there have his back and are with him all the way. Sometimes it’s just nice to know you aren’t alone in the world.
“It would be nice for him to receive the same kindness he has shown during some of his hardest times.”
Since the launch of the Facebook page Feb. 10, it has receive more than 250 likes, and people from Minnesota, North Carolina and even as far away as Liverpool, England, have shared pictures of themselves wearing superhero shirts to show their support for Phillip…