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(Enlarge) Robert Disinger of the Mount Airy Lions Club is organizing Jam at the Jimmie Cone to benefit the family of Jacqueline Hobbs, 11, a Mount Airy youngster undergoing cancer treatment. (Photo by Vanessa Junkin)

Most 11-year-olds are having fun and enjoying a relaxing summer. But these days Jacqueline Hobbs of Mount Airy is preparing for surgery in her battle against Neuroblastoma, a form of cancer in which tumors attack the body's nervous system.

Her days are filled with trips to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to undergo treatment for the cancer, which was first diagnosed in May 2007.

Her family is coping with the impact of the disease, which includes medical and travel expenses -- she must go to Baltimore sometimes four times a week.

To help raise money and to show support for the family, the Mount Airy Lions Club will sponsor Jam at the Jimmie Cone, a benefit car show 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at the Jimmie Cone, Route 144 and S. Main St., Mount Airy. The rain date is Saturday, July 19.

Robert Disinger, a member of the Lions and project chairman, said the club welcomes "any vehicle that moves" to be part of the car show. He is hoping to get all of the 156 available parking spots for the show filled.

No donation is required to attend to the event, but a minimum of $5 is asked for each car to register. Other donations will also be accepted, and appreciated, he said.

Disinger said all registered vehicles will be given a number, and with each purchase of a 50/50 raffle ticket, people will be able to vote for their favorite vehicles. Voting will end at 8:15 p.m., and at the end of the event the owners of the three vehicles with the most votes will be awarded trophies.

Even though there are awards, Disinger says that "winning is not the name of the game; helping somebody out is the name of the game."

He hopes to raise at least $2,000 for Jacqueline's family. In the past, the Lions Club has held other events to raise money for the family and were successful in raising money during May's Spring Fest and also at the recent firemen's carnival.

Stephanie Hobbs, Jacqueline's mom, said the Lions' support and initiative has been greatly appreciated by the family

"We have not had to ask them for anything," she said.

In a press release on the event, Mount Airy Lions Club president Ben Gue noted, "You cannot begin to imagine the out-of-pocket expenses to the family with driving to and from Baltimore several times weekly including fuel costs, parking, food and taking time off from work. This is on top of dealing with a child suffering from a terrible disease."

Disinger said members of the Lions Club have known Jacqueline's grandmother for a long time because she works with the auxiliary and serves meals at the Lions Club meetings.

Through that connection, Disinger found out about Jacqueline and also how hard her illness has been on the family.

He realized that the popular cruise-ins at the Jimmie Cone could be a great opportunity to help this family in need.

Dan Leiter, owner of the Jimmie Cone, will provide 600 hot dogs for the event for the Lions. There will also be 1950s and '60s music and live music by the local band Caballero.

Jacqueline is scheduled for a surgery this week, but Disinger said he hopes she will be able to make an appearance at the event.

Donations may also be sent to the Mount Airy Lions Club, P.O. Box 53, Mount Airy, MD 21771. Checks can be made out to the Mount Airy Lions Club with the notation, "Hobbs fund."

For more information, call Robert Disinger at 301-418-1041 or Ben Gue at 301-829-2112.

Disinger said the club is excited to get the community involved in helping Jacqueline. "That's what Lions are here for," he said.

Caring Cruise-in

What: Jam at the Jimmie Cone

When: 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 5

Where: Jimmie Cone, Route 144 and S. Main St., Mount Airy

Cost $5 to register a vehicle for the show; donations are also accepted.

Contact: Robert Disinger at 301-418-1041 or Ben Gue at 301-829-2112.


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