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April 18, 2012

Carter has many pulling for him

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 — Locust celebrated Carter Bucciero on Saturday with a fundraiser for his family.  

Bucciero is a 2-year-old child who is fighting an inoperable brain cancer.

The day began with a yard sale at West Stanly Fire Department. At midmorning, the festivities moved to the Town Center. The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Dollar Store car of Joey Logano was on-hand as well as other racing attractions.   Several companies and organizations had booths along the perimeter of the property.

The Walk for Carter began at Locust Town Center and continued to the halfway point at Locust Elementary School. Everyone returned to the area behind the Town Hall for Zumba class and TNT Tumbling.  

Brenda Teeter and Tish Sigmon directed the tumblers of all ages.

Fourteen-year-old Bradley Thompson conducted the auction.  

“It’s fun,” he said.

“I’ve been doing it since I was 8 years old.”  

Items in the auction included autographed racing caps, collector cards, a racing jacket and suit, pictures, car parts and a flowering cherry tree.

Casey Aldridge won the M&M’s racing jacket, which was autographed by NASCAR racer Kyle Busch.  

“I got it for $50, believe it or not,” Aldridge said.

“It’s worth $200 without the autograph.”

Jim Mecone said the Sprint Series Car for the Dollar General travels around for charitable events such as this one throughout the year.

Kathy Taylor of All4Fun Inflatables said, “You need the fun, we bring it.” The company has 11 wet and dry units. They host backyard, birthday and Bible school events.

The music began with True Moco band. They performed country and rock genre for everyone to enjoy. More auctions and raffles followed the band’s performance before Blak Saturn took the stage.

“We heard about this miracle child and wanted to help any way we could,” said Neal Smith of the band.

They played rock and roll such as The Beatles to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The last act was 14-year-old recording artist Carson Hill from Ansonville. The organizers had heard her sing on 96.9 FM and asked her to appear. Hill recently played at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tenn. She is also an accomplished songwriter and performs with Christian rock band Undignified.

Organizers Corey Morris and Holly Aldridge were almost speechless at the end of the day.  

“I am amazed at how many showed up and all the support we had for this event,” Aldridge said.

Carter’s grandfather, Gary Betz, had driven 1,600 miles this week to bring Carter back to Locust from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.  

“I am amazed at what this community has done for Carter,” Betz said.

“He is a special child and has captivated every nurse and doctor’s heart that he sees. None of us would have chosen this journey, but the volunteerism is incredible.”

Lots of hugs were passed out as the day ended.

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