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Truck show June 29 to benefit local girl

Area truck enthusiasts are invited to have fun showing off their work, show, pulling or performance trucks at the fourth annual ATS Transmis-sions and Pro Diesel truck show June 29 at the Pine-croft Volunteer Fire Hall.

This year’s event benefits Harper Sigrist, 2, of Altoona, daughter of Nick and Rachele Sigrist. Nick is an employee of ATS Transmissions.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. and truck enthusiasts are asked to donate $10 to participate to help the family cover expenses related to Harper’s treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Harper was born Sept. 27, 2016, and has Down Syndrome. She was diagnosed with AML this past fall.

The Sigrists also have a 5-year-old daughter, Peighton.

The day of fundraising includes prizes, raffles, entertainment, the third annual Blazing Bike Run, a Pinecroft Fire Hall chicken dinner and the Humane Society Pet Pals. Organizer for the event is Julie Larson of ATS Trans-missions in Altoona.

Harper is undergoing treatment at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Treatment involves chemotherapy along with blood and platelet transfusions. Rachele and Harper stay in Pittsburgh a minimum of four to six weeks for each of the six rounds of chemotherapy. Nick continues to work at ATS and parent Peighton weekdays and visits Harper on weekends.

“We as a community can’t change this for them,” Larson said. “This simply has to be for Harper’s survival. What we can change is the financial strain that this has put on this young family. … This is not a family that asks for handouts. But as part of a community, we need to come together in a show of support and compassion. We need to rally for Harper and raise awareness about childhood cancer.”

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