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In September, more than 150 motorcycles roared into Finksburg to help raise funds for a local teenager suffering with brain cancer.

While it may not be so dramatic, wheels will be rolling again next Saturday, Oct. 10, as Sportsman's Hall in Upperco hosts a Skate Night to support the Hope for Megan foundation.

Megan Estey was 15 years old when she was diagnosed in October 2008 with brain cancer.

Despite surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, Megan's cancer was still active as of July 2009.

Now, the 16-year-old Westminster High junior is traveling regularly to California for treatments.

"I felt we needed to do something," said Barbara Faid, a friend and volunteer organizer of the fundraisers. "The family is under a ton of stress, and I wanted to help relieve them of some of the financial responsibilities."

Faid is inspired by Megan's courage. While undergoing chemotherapy, Megan still found the strength to visit Faid's daughter's class to thank them for cards and good wishes the students had sent her.

"She felt crappy and still came out and said 'thank you,' " Faid said. "We have been hooked in ever since. Getting to know her has been a complete honor and privilege. She is an amazing lady."

Loretta Rothschild, Megan's proud "Aunt Loretta," believes Megan's new treatments will work because of her niece's spirit.

"She was a very feisty little kid," Rothschild said. "She's determined, but she needs to be. She inspires people."

The family, Rothschild said, is very thankful for all of the support they have received from the community.

Everyone is welcome to the Skate Night, and Megan hopes to make an appearance, too, according to Rothschild, though she will be just returning from a round of treatments in California

"She definitely wants to be there," Rothschild said. "Hopefully, she will be feeling good. After she had her second surgery, four to six hours later she was on Facebook talking."

Skate Night will be held Oct. 10, 7 to 10 p.m., at Sportsman's Hall, 15500 Hanover Pike, Upperco. Each guest who mentions the "Hope for Megan Fundraiser" will have $1 of his/her admission price go to Megan.

For more information on Megan Estey's battle with cancer, go to www.hopeformegan.com.


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