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Roanoke County Teen Featured on Kellogg's Products

By Jean Jadhon
Published On: Jun 05 2013 01:44:22 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 05 2013 06:00:45 PM EDT
Roanoke County Teen Featured on Kellogg's Products

On the last day of School, one Cave Spring High School sophomore isn't in class but at a Food Lion grocery store in Roanoke County signing his name on cereal boxes.

The 16 year old is one of six children nationwide featured on Kellogg's products including Frosted Flakes cereal, Pop Tarts, Rice Krispies Treats, Pringles and Eggo Waffles boxes.

"It's overwhelming," said Zac Foutz. "It really hasn't sunk in yet."

But the story that got him here isn't one you'd want to live through. The high school football player was celebrating his 16th birthday the day after a football game last fall when he just wasn't feeling right.

"I started getting a really big headache I thought it was because I played a lot that Friday and I was dehydrated," Foutz explained. "I tried to take some medicine but it just kept getting worse and worse."

It turned out that Foutz had contracted fungal meningitis.  He was one of the youngest nationwide to get a tainted steroid shot for back pain.  Foutz told WDBJ7 he got that injection at Insight Imaging in Roanoke. 

The illness landed Foutz at Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital in Roanoke.  "To see a very healthy and athletic 16 year old who just turned 16 become so sick so quickly," said Zac's dad Ben Foutz. "It was just surreal and unbelievable."

Zac's family and team mates rallied around him. After  two weeks in the hospital Zac Foutz was able to go home.   Now his story is part of a campaign to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals nationwide, something both he and his family are proud to be involved in.

"We soon realized Zac had the right people taking care of him so for him to be able to help the institution and people who help these children I think it's fantastic," said Ben Foutz.

"I'm glad that I can help Children's Miracle Network and help the other kids around the country dealing with a lot more dangerous things than I am," said Zac Foutz.

 

Ben Foutz says his son is better but is still not 100 percent. 

The Kellogg's products are being sold at Food Lion Stores. For every four boxes sold, Kellogg's will donate $1.00 to Children's Miracle Network up to $50,000.