On Saturday, January 4th, Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. and much of the New Castle community showed their support for Cameron's Chance, a charity set up for a local boy named Cameron Houk who suffers from severe seizures on a daily basis.
The event was held at St. John's Hall in downtown New Castle on Saturday evening from 6-10 p.m. and there were an estimated two hundred people in attendance. Admission tickets earned people all the food and drink they wanted. There were also several other ways donations could be accepted. There was a "Night at the Races" event where patrons could purchase a horse and jockey, as well as a Chinese auction with some great prizes, and several raffles.
The total amount raised has not yet been tallied, but the Houks were overwhelmed with the generosity of the community. Wayfarers throughout the night could be heard talking to one another about what a great event it was and that they couldn't imagine helping a nicer family.
Sadly, the Houks had to leave Pennsylvania on Sunday morning for Colorado where Cameron and his mother, Amy, will have to start a new life together. She had several family members and friends following behind her in a caravan, accompanying her out west for the move, but not before making several stops along the way to rest Cameron and ensure all of the proper arrangements remained in motion in Colorado.
In many ways, the Cameron's Chance benefit was a farewell get-together. So long as Cameron stays medicated and healthy in Colorado, he and his mother will not be able to leave the state because of the illegal status of his medication in other states such as Pennsylvania. There were people at the benefit who realized they may never see Amy or Cameron again and the result was heartfelt goodbyes and a lot of mixed emotions.
Before they left, Dallas Hartman of Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. offered the night's most generous donation and bid Amy and Cameron farewell as they set upon their journey to recovery in Colorado. Cameron's father will stay behind in Pennsylvania so that he can keep his job and help pay for Cameron's treatment. He hopes that some of the money raised will help him get out west to see his son and wife.
Good luck to the entire Houk family and best wishes to Cameron, his mother, and his father.