Celebrities, candy company come out in support of Aimee Copeland

by: Linda Stouffer Updated:

Founder Andrea Horblitt battled a similar bacterial infection that led to more than 20 surgeries and long-term medical problems.
ATLANTA —

College student Aimee Copeland is getting support from famous actors, performers and a lollipop company with a deep connection.

On YouTube, celebrities like Modern Family's Sophia Vergara are featured in get-well videos.

"All I can do is say get well, stay strong, and you're going to get through this," said Hoobastank band member Doug Robb.

The videos are organized by a lollipop company called SUKITZ.

Channel 2's Linda Stouffer found out why the company is standing behind Aimee and her family.

Founder Andrea Horblitt battled a similar bacterial infection that led to more than 20 surgeries and long-term medical problems.

Horblitt told Stouffer on the phone that her recovery was difficult.

"Seven years ago, I was in the ICU, I had a bacterial infection. I also had a really long recovery ahead of me," Horblitt said in her YouTube video.

She told Stouffer she felt she had to do something to help.

The online seller is donating June proceeds to Aimee's medical bills.

A company representative told Stouffer it could add up to tens-of-thousands of dollars.

The company is also introducing a grape-flavored lollipop to directly benefit Aimee, a flavor it said she chose for the project.

Horblitt closed her video with this message: "Even if you don't purchase a box of SUKITZ, please donate to her fund -- she needs our help. And to the Copeland family -- my thoughts and prayers are with you."

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