Tyrone Area Community Organization slated to sponsor a benefit dance for Zachary Amato

The members of Tyrone Area Community Organization have joined together to hold a benefit dance for 10-month-old Zachary Amato, who was diagnosed with cancer at birth.
Zachary is the son of Alison and Mike Amato of Tyrone, RD 2. He was born September 27, 2003.
The benefit dance for Zachary is scheduled for July 31 at the Tyrone American Legion from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are a donation of $5 each. Also, at the dance will be a raffle and a 50/50 drawing.
Tickets are being sold by any TACO member before the night of the event, and tickets will also be available at the door.
Some raffle items include a Thomas Kinkade print painting, which can be seen on display at The Daily Herald office window, and three Spiderman toy sets. Winners need not be present at the dance to win raffle items.
Members of TACO would like to thank Tyrone Burger King, Jeanne Price and all others for their help and donations. The proceeds of the event will benefit the family of Zachary.
TACO is also sponsoring a benefit night at Burger King on August 19, from 4 p.m. to close, where 20 percent of the proceeds taken at the counter will benefit Zachary.
TACO is going to place cans with Zachary’s picture on them around at local businesses for those in the community who are interested in donating money as well.
For more information or to donate an item for the raffle, contact TACO president Ruth Brower or Buddy Daughenbaugh at 684-3386, Jeanne Price at 684-4297, Paul Sherry at 686-9344 or Tim Kirkpatrick at 684-0704.
“We’d like to see the people in town get behind this to help this baby,” said Brower.
“A member of the community is in need, so we all need to get behind him,” added Sherry. “You never know when it’s going to be you.”
After Zachary was born, he was accessed by a pediatrician and flown directly to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. There, doctors diagnosed him with Neurobalstoma, the third most common cancer malignancy found in infants.
Zachary spent the first few weeks of his life in the NICU, having surgery to remove both his right kidney and adrenal gland. During this time, things took another turn when Alison was diagnosed with a pulmonary emboli and admitted to another intensive care unit just blocks away from her son.
In February, Zachary was again diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in his liver. Since then, he has had four rounds of chemotherapy and has gone through many tests. He spent most of June in the ICU.
Although family members have been helping Zachary’s parents with hotel room costs, gas, food and child care for their 15-year-old daughter Amanda and eight-year-old son Calvin, they are still looking for some of those other important things that will help them get through this troubling time.