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One Cereal Bowl at a Time: Cheerios Helps Camp Fire Survivor Battle Cancer

One camp fire survivor is now rebuilding her life in Central Point with a little help from a cereal company.

Posted: Feb 19, 2019 7:01 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Cheerios has been there for Diane Brown and her wife, Merribeth, these last three months. It all started when they narrowly escaped the flames from the Camp Fire down in Paradise, California back in November.

“The flames were coming up on one side of the road. There was stuff blowing all over the place,” added Camp Fire survivor Diane Brown. “It was about to jump the road and go over the hill. It was like driving into the gates of hell."

For a moment the couple thought they would die trapped in their cars trying to get out of town, but they finally made it out, taking a moment to breathe.

"We felt safe for a minute but not completely safe. Merribeth said ‘God I'm starving and I looked in the back of the car and there was a box of Honey Nut Cheerios," said Brown.

Once they found a hotel to stay in, she took a moment to email the Cheerios team about their escape and thank them for when her favorite cereal became their saving grace. Since then, diane and cheerios have become sort of pen pals. The Cheerios Team knows she’s battling two different types of breast cancer and that she's now living in southern Oregon. They wanted to help her settle into her new life.

"Yesterday, these big boxes arrived. Merribeth says 'Did you order some cheerios?’ and I said 'Well no.' Here was this big box… a whole case of Honey Nut Cheerios plus another case of large boxes of regular Cheerios, plus a box of dishes, really nice dishes, the plates, the salad plates, the cups, and really big bowls, service for 8. I mean people in Minnesota did this out of the goodness of their hearts. We love the bowls. They’re huge."

Thankfully, one of the few things she doesn't get nauseous just looking at while going through chemo is Cheerios and she'll have plenty for a while.

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