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A Mustang for Rosie's Love

Hedgeman said the foundation has sold 700 tickets so far, and they will be drawing for the winner on Halloween night.

Howard Dorn, a friend of the family and coworker of Hedgeman's at the Watervliet Arsenal, is storing the Mustang until it is raffled, said the Hudson Mohawk Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society was instrumental in getting the word out about the raffle.

"I had the idea of taking the car to the Truck and Tractor show in Ballston Spa, I contacted these people, and they gave us center stage and announced our name constantly over the PA system," Dorn said. "We raised just shy of $3,000 there in two days."

The money raised from the raffle will go to fund some of the many programs supported by the foundation, such as the Round-Up Family Retreat Weekends in the fall at the Double H Ranch Hole in the Woods Camp on Lake Luzerne. Anyone who has a child with cancer at Albany Medical Center is invited to the retreat. This provides the opportunity for the children to meet one another, as well as the parents.

"They may see each other in the waiting room in the hospital, but take them out of the hospital environment where they're fun," she said. "It's an opportunity for parents to get to know each other and to speak with someone who is going through the same thing and that understands."

There is also a trip, entitled Hakuna Matata, meaning "no worries" for all those Lion King fans out there, available to families to a cabin located at Dagget Lake in Warrensburg near Lake George and Bolton Landing. Hedgeman said the organization tries to provide the family with groceries, firewood and linens.

"All they have to do is show up with their clothes and their kids," she said. "It's just a time for families to spend time together as a family, away from the hospital and away from everything."

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