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November 25, 2006

The Hagerstown Country Western Dance Association held its annual benefit dance Oct. 14 in the St. Joseph's Church social hall. The recipient of the benefit was the Lee Montgomery family of the Falling Waters, W.Va., area, whose infant son Brandon has had health problems since birth.

There were 56 people in attendance. Bert Callaham, vice president, gave a warm welcome and thanked everyone for supporting the club in this project. Secretary Shirley Dyson introduced the Montgomery family. Lee and Christy Montgomery thanked everyone for all they were doing for their family and explained what their son Brandon had been through.

Lee and Christy's son Brandon was born April 13 in Chambersburg, Pa. Shortly after his birth, nurses discovered a serious problem. Brandon was rushed to Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., and 12 hours after birth he underwent surgery to perform a colostomy.

Through Internet research, Lee and Christy learned about a surgeon at Cincinnati Children's Hospital who is an expert at the procedure Brandon would need to repair his large intestine. In June, they took the baby to Ohio, where Brandon had his second and most critical surgery to reconstruct his colon. This had to heal for two months before Brandon could have his third, and hopefully last, surgery to reverse the colostomy and connect the colon the way it should have been when he was born.

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Unfortunately, in September Brandon became very ill and had to again be taken to Hershey Medical Center. It was found that scar tissue had wrapped itself around his small intestine, forming a partial blockage. Brandon then had to undergo yet another surgery, his fourth within the first five months of his life, to remove the scar tissue. He spent 10 more days in the hospital.

The benefit was a great success and the club would like to thank everyone who donated to the silent auction, made monetary donations, and offered other support.

Those interested in the club's classes, dances, etc. may call Linda Henry at 301-797-6786, Shirley Dyson at 304-754-6940, or Carol Garling at 717-263-0141.

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