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12-year-old honors the memory of JHU freshman Jeremy Huber

Truitt Sunderland asks for gifts to the university, instead of birthday presents
Posted May 13, 2015

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When 11-year-old Blue Jays fan Truitt Sunderland heard about the death of Johns Hopkins University freshman lacrosse player, Jeremy Huber, he wanted to do something about it.

So, for his 12th birthday party, instead of presents, Truitt asked his friends to make gifts to Johns Hopkins, in honor of Huber.
“I thought how hard Jeremy worked to get to Johns Hopkins, and him not being able to play one single game, I think is just terrible,” says Truitt, who has been playing lacrosse himself for six years and is on a team with the children of Hopkins Head Coach Dave Pietramala, A&S ’90.

About $400 was given through Truitt’s efforts and the money will be folded into a larger scholarship fund in Huber’s memory at the Peabody Institute, as Huber was also a talented pianist. In total, about $39,000 of the $100,000 goal has now been raised to establish this scholarship.

Huber – who was studying cognitive science at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences – died on January 26, 2015; he was suffering from influenza that developed into pneumonia.

“Jeremy’s death allowed us to pause and talk as a family about what it means to be the best that we can be at every opportunity that we have in life,” says Athan Sunderland, Truitt’s father. “It makes me feel very good as a parent to see my son have an idea of giving some money to the university to help other kids achieve their dreams.”

 To give to the Jeremy Huber Memorial Fund, visit