A local family is working to raise awareness for childhood cancer during this year’s Perkins Restaraunt and Bakery Fantasy in Lights Parade Presented by Wheeling Hospital.
Family and friends of the Rotriga family were putting the final touches on the float Thursday night.
“We’re going to have children from the tri-state area, who were able to make it, be on the float and we’re just really excited about it,” said Debbie Rotriga, mother of Hines Rotriga.
We often hear stories about our little buddy, Hines who is battling Neuroblastoma. His mom Debbie said there’s a much bigger picture they’d like people to be aware of. Just like some superheroes on display on the float, so many children in the tri-state area are using their powers to destroy a common villain, cancer.
“Try to get people to be aware that it affects so many children out there and that the help is needed, Debbie added. “There’s really a lot of kids out there who really need things and need the help,” said Dave Rotriga, Hines’ uncle.
“It’s important to us, because we’ve gotten so much help for Hines that we’re trying to give back as much as we can, because it’s just a way for us to say thank you,” Dave added. “Just to see their happy little faces at Christmas time, just puts a smile on your face,” said Debbie.
The float would also honor the memory of someone who embodied the spirit of Christmas for so many right here in the Ohio Valley, our late friend, B.E. Taylor. “He was always part of our Christmas and he always will be,” said Debbie.