(Pictured from Left to Right- Meghan Schaller, Baking and Pastry Instructor, Brian Donaghy, Tomric Pastry Chef, Leah Manth, NF Hero, John Manth, Leah’s Dad, and Jennine Taberski, Tomric Sales & Customer Service Representative)
Back in January, as we were preparing for our annual trip to Washington, DC, Leah and her cousins had the idea of making chocolate NF suckers and selling them at the Buffalo Marathon Expo and possibly some other NF fundraising events.
We reached out to a close family friend and co-worker of John’s, Meghan Schaller, to ask her opinion on the idea. Meghan is the Baking and Pastry Instructor at The Kenton Career Center and the author of “Become a Candy Maker at Home.” Meghan subsequently reached out to Timothy Thill, who is the owner of Tomric Systems Inc, a company that specializes in custom chocolate molds and chocolate making equipment and supplies. Timothy was moved by Leah’s story and everything she has been through - from her numerous invasive surgeries, the facial paralysis she has dealt with, the NF related chemotherapy she receives every other week and the overall courage and perseverance she has shown throughout her diagnosis and treatment of Neurofibromatosis - Type 2 (NF2). He offered to design, manufacture and donate a custom NF chocolate sucker mold, as well as the chocolate, sticks, and wrappings to make 500 suckers. This was an extremely generous donation!!!!
Meghan, Linda and Leah will be making the suckers in the weeks prior to the Buffalo Marathon and selling them to any of the 7,000 plus runners who will be attending the Marathon Expo at the Buffalo Convention Center throughout the weekend Sat, May 28th and Sun, May 29th.
Please stop by and purchase some delicious NF chocolate suckers generously donated and made with lots of love, locally!