Friday, August 3, 2012

Car Show Featured on LoHud

On Feb. 9, 2011, Gabrielle DiCarlo was diagnosed with a rare cancerous tumor that attached itself to her adrenal gland and grew through her bloodstream to her heart. Doctors said it was the only case in the world of its kind.

Gabrielle, now 6, will benefit from the proceeds of Cruisin’ for Kids on Saturday, an annual charity event organized by Neighborhood Cruisers.

In 2001, some car lovers decided to have a car show so that they could give back to the community. The first Cruisin’ for Kids was in 2002. The group has raised more than $250,000 in the past 10 years.

“There was nothing better to do than to help children,” said Bob Dubois, an event organizer.
Before being diagnosed, Gabrielle was an active child and part of a cheerleading team. Her mom, Nicole DiCarlo, said Gabrielle made a lot of friends in kindergarten; she was a very outgoing girl and still is. And though she’s still undergoing treatment, her mother said cancer has not changed who Gabrielle is.

“She is 6 going on 16,” DiCarlo said.

The family was in Orlando, Fla., when Gabrielle had a seizure in the middle of the night. She was rushed to a hospital. She had another seizure in January and doctors treated her for dehydration. It wasn’t until February 2011 that she was diagnosed and on Feb. 23 she had emergency surgery. It took 14.5 hours for doctors to remove the tumor.

The car show is open for anyone who wants to participate. It is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at North Rockland High School, 106 Hammond Road, Thiells. The band Flat Five will be among those performing. A clown, a bouncing castle, an ice-cream truck and a merry-go-round will be there for the kids. Admission is free. There is an entry fee if you want to enter your car in the show. Food and raffle tickets will be sold.


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