CATSKILL — The annual Greene County Cruisers car show has special significance this year as it will raise funds for Nahviya Chapple, 18, of Catskill High School, one day after graduating from high school.
Chapple is undergoing treatment for B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with the classic car show taking place at Cairo’s Angelo Canna Park on Saturday to help fund Chapple’s recovery.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 2, with a rain date set for Sunday if necessary.
Wendy Casalino, a teacher at Catskill High School, said the money would come at the right time for Chapple and her family.
“This money will come at the right time since Nahviya is a graduate and unable to work or go to college at this point,” Casalino said.
Chapple continues to receive medical attention as she prepares to graduate this weekend.
“They’re worried, so they’re doing weekly blood tests on her to make sure she’s okay and to keep an eye on her,” 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. Blood work is coming back fine, but they’re just worried about his weight loss.
Tom Plank of the Greene County Cruisers said Chapple was the perfect fit for the group’s charitable efforts.
“Every year we choose someone as the recipient of the money we make from the auto show and the other things we do throughout the year,” Plank said. “When we were discussing this at the beginning of the year, we learned about Nahviya’s situation from Madison Jones. She was our recipient last year for the motorcycle club and I actually asked Madison if she knew anyone. another who would be a good recipient for this year and she told me about Nahviya’s situation.
On Friday night, Plank will drive Chapple to graduation in a 1966 Ford Fairlane convertible.
Plank had previously driven Chapple to the Catskill Elks Lodge in a classic car for a birthday party held in his honor on April 9.
“We wanted it 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 in something nice. She’s been going through a lot for a young girl her age and she’s doing it very well. She has a very positive attitude, but there are things we can do to make her a little happier. That’s why that we are here.”
Plank, who is also a member of the capital region chapter of the Protectors Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, said the motorcycle group would organize a charity drive for Chapple on September 24 to raise additional funds for the student from Catskill.
The June 25 classic car show will feature local vendors and live music from Dusk Til Dawn. The car show entry fee is $10 per vehicle or motorcycle registered, with the first 100 cars to register receiving free goody bags. More than 30 plates will be distributed in several specialty categories for registered vehicles.