Soroco talent show to help Oak Creek child |

Soroco talent show to help Oak Creek child

High schoolers organize fundraiser for Abby Voorhis

Blythe Terrell

Kindergartners Abby Voorhis, right, and Isaac Iacovetto hand in paperwork from their class to Cheryl Sullivan in August 2009. Abby, now a first-grader, was diagnosed with leukemia in April.

— Three weeks ago on Palm Sunday, Abby Voorhis was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

The Oak Creek 7-year-old, a first-grader at South Routt Elementary School, was flown to Denver to start chemotherapy the next day, said her father, Josh Voorhis. Now the community is rallying in support of the Voorhis family with efforts that include a talent show scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Soroco High School.

The Soroco High School Student Council is organizing the show, said Myranda Hassig, a senior Student Council representative. Performers will include members of the community and students, she said. Hassig said the council heard about Abby Voorhis' leukemia through member Josh Baker, whose mother teaches first grade.

"It's a local family and we like to help locally," Hassig said. "We recently did an event for muscular dystrophy because there's a little boy in our community who has muscular dystrophy."

Josh Voorhis was speaking Monday from The Children's Hospital in Denver, where Abby was hospitalized with a high fever. She has chemo treatments today, he said.

"You have your, I'm sure with every person who's gone through chemo, good days and bad days," Josh Voorhis said Monday. "Today she's doing pretty good. Usually after her chemo, which is usually on Tuesdays, the following day is a rough day."

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He said the family has gotten support from his employer, the U.S. Forest Service, as well as the schools and the Oak Creek, Yampa and Phippsburg communities.

The Student Council hopes to raise money "in the thousands" for the family, Hassig said. The group also plans to donate the profits from last weekend's Spring Fling dance to the Voorhis family.

"I'm not really sure right now how much we made, but we're going to combine the two events," Hassig said. She also noted that the council might decide to do an annual benefit talent show if turnout is good tonight.

On Monday, Abby was feeling shy and didn't want to speak to the newspaper, her father said. Instead, she played with her teddy bear with her family in the hospital. Josh Voorhis said she still enjoys reading but "just can't do a lot else" as she undergoes treatments.

"If everything goes well, it's 26 to 28 months of chemo," he said. "That's the optimistic" assessment.

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