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Bill Ellis: Jeremy Huff was a Thanksgiving program highlight

Dec. 02, 2012 @ 06:54 PM

Most everybody in Putnam County and far beyond has heard the amazing story of Jeremy Huff.  On Wednesday evening, Nov. 14, more than 300 people, filled with enthusiastic gratitude, met at the Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot.  

Jeremy’s journey has been filled with difficult days. This big Winfield High School football player was diagnosed as having a large cancerous mass on his brain. He went into surgery on Oct. 30, 2011, and then heard his surgeon say on Feb. 10, 2012, “You are cancer free.”

Dr. Melissa Pratt, when introducing Jeremy to her congregation said, “We all joined with our county in lifting Jeremy up to God and now he has lifted all of us up closer to God.” I talked with this young man, who was the star center on his high school football team, and with his beautiful mother, Mary, strong and talented father, Matt, and his brother Jacob.

This young man, in his days of weakness, gave encouragement and strength to others and in his wellness, he and his family encourage thousands of others in their struggles. He has inspired a whole county, including thousands of students.

Jeremy was back in uniform one night this season. He was in for one snap and Toby Snow, the quarterback, took a knee. He was hoisted to the shoulders of his teammates, who carried him across the field for all the cheering fans. He told me how thankful he was for the concern and caring attitude of the opposing team, Spring Valley of Wayne County. It was “Senior Night” at Winfield on Nov. 2.

The picture used in this photograph is headlined “Big HUFF.” Just above his knees are the words, “God’s Got This” and at the bottom is Jeremy’s favorite Bible verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Jeremy Huff gave an inspiring account of his journey and battle with cancer. At the conclusion of his courageous story, Pastor Pratt presented him with an enlarged 20 x 30 full color poster similar to this column picture, produced by talented and creative photographer, Eddie Ferrari. Ferrari does brilliant work for Putnam County schools and the Tri-State area.

Ferrari said, “The digital effects were a combination of ideas between me and my graphic designer, Ted Mobley.” To see more of their unusual work, go to The Picture Guy Photography Facebook page.

I was proud of Putnam County students that night — of Taylor Isaacs, soloist, and her band members, Nick Hunt, Christian Williams and Madison Wall.  

I was able to participate in the free-will offering taken to help with the medical expenses. You are also invited to give generously to help Jeremy and his family with the tremendous medical costs of this long and painful experience. Make your check payable to: Jeremy Huff or Teays Valley Church of God (indicate for “Huff”).  Mail to Teays Valley Church of God, P.O.Box 270, Scott Depot, WV 25560.  Dr. Pratt will see that the checks get to Jeremy and his family.

This was one magnificent Thanksgiving highlight for our county.

Bill Ellis is a syndicated columnist who can be reached at P.O. Box 345, Scott Depot, WV 25560; phone 304-757-6089.