CATSKILL — The Greene County Cruisers’ annual car show has special meaning this year as it will raise money for Catskill High School senior Nahviya Chapple, 18, a day after she receives her high school diploma.
Chapple is undergoing treatment for B-cell, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with the classic car show set to take place Saturday in Cairo’s Angelo Canna Park to help fund Chapple’s recovery.
The event will run on from 10 am to 4 pm, June 2, with a rain date set for Sunday if needed.
Catskill High School teacher Wendy Casalino said the money will be well-timed for Chapple and her family.
“This money will come at a good time since Nahviya is graduating and unable to work or attend college at this point,” Casalino said.
Chapple continues to receive medical care as she prepares to graduate this weekend.
“They’re concerned, so they’re doing weekly blood work on her to make sure that everything’s OK and keeping an eye on that,” Casalino said of the student’s doctors. “They’re talking about October or November now before she can go back to Boston Children’s Hospital. The blood work is coming back OK, but they’re just concerned about her losing weight.”
Tom Plank, of the Greene County Cruisers, said Chapple is the perfect candidate for the group’s charitable efforts.
“Every year, we choose someone as the recipient of the money that we make with the car show and the other things that we do during the year,” Plank said. “When we discussed it at the beginning of the year, we learned of Nahviya’s situation from Madison Jones. She was our recipient last year for the motorcycle club and I actually asked Madison if she knew of someone else that would be a good recipient for this year and she told me about Nahviya’s situation.”
On Friday night, Plank will be driving Chapple to graduation in a 1966 Ford Fairlane convertible.
Plank previously drove Chapple to the Catskill Elks Lodge in a classic car for a birthday bash held in her honor April 9.
“We wanted her to arrive in style,” Plank said. “Since she couldn’t go to her prom, her birthday was a prom-themed birthday party. So, the kids all got dressed up and ,of course, if you’re going to the prom, you want to roll up in something nice. She’s going through a lot of stuff for a young girl her age and she’s doing it very well. She’s got a great positive attitude, but we can do things to make her a little happy. That’s what we’re here for.”
Plank, who is also a member of the Capital Region Chapter of the Protectors Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, said the motorcycle group will conduct a benefit drive for Chapple on Sept. 24 to raise additional funds for the Catskill student.
The June 25 classic car show will feature local vendors and live music by Dusk Til Dawn. The fee to participate in the car show is $10 per every registered vehicle or motorcycle, with the first 100 cars to register getting complimentary goody bags. More than 30 plates will be distributed in several specialty categories for the registered vehicles.