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Show benefits Md. teen

June 07, 1998|By DON AINES

by Ric Dugan / staff photographer

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WAYNESBORO, Pa. - With a helping hand from one of the event's organizers, Sarah Roseberry got up from her wheelchair, walked over to a 1967 Camaro and presented the Best of Show trophy at Sunday's Eighth Annual All-Chevy Car Show.

Not bad for a girl who couldn't walk or speak eight months ago.

"When she first got out of surgery and was in the ICU, she couldn't talk. She couldn't even swallow," said the 13-year-old's mother, Teresa Roseberry, of Boonsboro. She said her daughter is now able to use a walker, but the road to recovery is a long one that will require more surgery to help restore the damage done by a brain tumor.

Sarah said doctors at Johns Hopkins University performed the brain surgery on Sept. 29. She said she had been feeling ill for about two years before the tumor was discovered.

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"I take occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy," she said of her weekly regimen.

Sarah is the beneficiary of this year's car show, sponsored by the Chevy Appalachian Golden Classics Club.

"We had five people to pick from this year and we decided Sarah needed it more than anybody," said club President Bobby Etter.

Etter estimated the event would raise between $1,200 and $1,400, which would be matched by the Aid Association for Lutherans. He said the club used to donate money to charitable organizations, but determined too much of the funds were used for administrative costs.

Last year the money raised by the club went to premature twins who were on respirators 24 hours a day, Etter said.

The parking lot of Waynesboro Area Senior High School was lined with about 70 gleaming Chevys dating from 1918 to the early 1970s. Many of the classic car owners drove away with a trophy in their back seats.

All 50 of the trophies were donated by area businesses, Etter said. The club also raffled off a car alarm and wrench set and sold refreshments to raise money. Larry Leonard of LL DeeJay donated his services.

"If we didn't get stuff donated, we couldn't raise any money," Etter said.

There were also cash donations, like the one from a toddler who walked up to Sarah with a $20 bill clutched in her tiny hand.

"Right now I'm going to hold onto it because Sarah will need facial surgery on the right side of her face," Teresa Roseberry said of the money raised at the show. The tumor around her brain stem caused nerve damage to her daughter's right side, she explained.

Sarah rode to the show in Etter's 1967 Chevelle convertible, but there was a question as to whether she would be able to attend her own benefit. Her mother said she was released from the hospital Saturday after coming down with a viral infection.

"She wanted to ride with the top down even though it was so cold," Teresa Roseberry said.

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