Phyllis Miles has been an inspiration to soon-to-be Washington High School junior Sophie Davis for quite some time now.

“She was my teacher at Griffith,” said Davis, who is the daughter of Tony and Emily Davis and granddaughter of Paul and Mary Goss. “She has always been a very positive and kind person in my life.”

Miles also now serves as the inspiration for Davis’ new passion — a program called Miles for Love that Davis has partnered with Daviess Community Hospital to bring to the community.

“Mrs. Miles is a lifelong resident of Daviess County who is currently fighting cancer herself,” said Davis, as she prepared to deliver another box of the Miles of Love bags Monday afternoon. “I saw the new oncology unit was opening here, and I wanted to do something to make those receiving treatment smile.”

Davis, who has always been interested in the medical field, said each Miles of Love bag comes in a custom burlap pouch and contains a bottle of water, mints, small snack and lip balm.

“I also attach a note to each water bottle that says, ‘You are stronger than you know,’” said Davis, who has delivered 20 bags to the Lohano Center for Advanced Medicine so far this year. “I wanted to give them items that would be refreshing for them during treatment.”

Currently Davis is funding the Miles of Love bags on her own, but she hopes to soon do some fundraising to help offset the cost.

“Those wanting to help can email me to make donations,” said Davis, who said fresh bags are brought to the hospital on a monthly basis.

Sharon Mead, DCH Patient Navigator, said the response to the bags has been positive.

“The patients really like them,” Mead said.

For more information or to make a donation to Miles of Love by Sophie email milesoflovebysophie@gmail.com.

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