Company to make favorite snack of Rock Hill terminally ill child

Plum Organics, a California-based company, has joined the long list of those reaching out to Harlan Sullins, a local 3-year-old with a rare brain tumor.

The company announced late Friday it would make a special run of Sullins’ favorite snack, “Morning Mashup,” a blend of oatmeal and raspberry in a squeeze pouch.

The company said it will make 5,000 pouches just for Harlan under the name “Harlan’s Oatmeal” and will put his image on the pouches, according to said his mother, Jacki Sullins.

“There are no words that even come close to how this news has made Jonathan and I feel,” Jacki Sullins wrote on the “Harlan the Hero” Facebook page. “Absolute blessing at the least!”

She learned of the company’s decision Friday. In an email to The Herald Saturday, she wrote, “When I spoke to the company (Friday) night I was at complete loss for words. Tears wouldn’t stop flowing. In the days of darkness this was the ray of light we needed – one less thing to worry about.”

Jacki Sullins made a plea last week for the snack food on the Facebook page, which has nearly 4,000 followers.

“Harlan has to have this raspberry swirl flavored oatmeal after taking his meds,” she wrote. “It’s his ‘chaser’ if you will.”

Since last week, people commenters have written infrom across the country, have written, saying they are scouring local stores for the product, which was out of production.

In her email Saturday, Jacki Sullins said, “I always wanted Harlan to share his testimony – but now we all are doing it, each one of us – and over oatmeal. Not only is Harlan getting a never-ending supply of oatmeal, but the world is learning of Harlan, his fight, about childhood cancers; Harlan’s being brain cancer.”

ORIGINAL STORY: Harlan Sullins has gone through more in his short three years than many people will experience in a lifetime.

He and his devoted parents, Jacki and Jonathan, have known the agony of a cancer diagnosis, the struggle of surgery and treatment, the triumph of a clean scan and now the heartbreak of Harlan’s latest prognosis.

He is not going to make it.

His parents are left to make the best of Harlan’s remaining time, helping him do the things he loves, like play with his trucks, watch television shows that make him smile, and take him to the places he loves. But one of those “favorites” is quickly running out. Harlan’s favorite snack, his “go-to” food, has been discontinued by the California-based company that manufactures it and now, hundreds, if not thousands, of people across the country are on the hunt.

The product is called a raspberry swirl “Morning Mashup,” and it’s a blend of oatmeal and raspberry in a squeeze pouch, made by Plum Organics.

Jacki Sullins made a plea last week on the “Harlan the Hero” Facebook page, which has nearly 4,000 followers.

“Harlan has to have this raspberry swirl flavored oatmeal after taking his meds,” she wrote. “It’s his ‘chaser’ if you will.”

Since last week, commenters have written in from across the country, saying they are scouring local grocery stores, specialty stores and stores like Big Lots, which sometimes carry products a few months after they’ve been discontinued.

National retailers like Amazon and Walmart are out of stock, and even Plum Organics doesn’t have any left. The company received dozens of phone calls from Harlan’s supporters and was able to track down a store that had some to send to the Sullins family.

Through the shipment from Plum Organics and a few other finds, the Sullins have slowly begun building a stockpile, but they’re not stopping yet, and neither are their supporters.

“It is our job to make him as happy as he can possibly be,” said Kristen Reisler, a church acquaintance of the Sullins family who is among those hunting for the oatmeal packets. “If it were me and I had a child in the same situation, I would go to the ends of earth to do anything to help him.”

In a Facebook post, Jacki Sullins wrote that even if all this publicity on social media didn’t help them locate any of Harlan’s oatmeal, it was still serving an important purpose: sharing Harlan’s story of childhood cancer.

“We all together are awaking the unknown,” she wrote. “That alone is a beautiful thing.”