Family of girl fighting leukemia surprised with new car

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Before Friday, the Fitzgerald family often worried about how they would get their daughter Raegan to the University of Virginia for her cancer treatments. But now they don't.

"It just feels so good knowing that we'll be able to cross the mountain and not have to worry about if my car's going to leave me on the side of the road," Tami Fitzgerald, Raegan's mom, said.

Raegan, a 16-year-old from Staunton, is fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Her treatments are in Charlottesville, and Fitzgerald said they often had issues with the car.

When it was clear the car wasn't able to be repaired, Samuel's Supper, an organization helping families with children facing medical issues, stepped in to help.

Sherri Golladay, president of Samuel's Supper, said the UVA Children's Hospital reached out to them about the Fitzgerald family, and they wanted to help.

"That's why we're doing what we're doing by giving back," Golladay said. "We know the stress of not making it to treatments."

Golladay said Samuel's Supper partnered with Scott Simons and Valley Auto Group to help the family get a new car.

Fitzgerald said the car means a lot to her and her family, since Raegan still has more than a year left of treatment.

"It's one less thing to have to worry about as far as, how am I going to get there, or who am I going to call," Fitzgerald said. "It just feels really comforting and safe."

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