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Abilenians attend car show to help boy plagued with rare syndrome

By Dora Miller, Reporter, dmiller@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 17 2013 10:27:53 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 18 2013 09:17:08 AM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

Betty Rose's hosted a car show Saturday morning with more than 150 vehicles to help David Royall and his family.

Royall suffers from Aicardi Syndrome and was told he would not live past the age of 4; however, he is now 10. David is actually one of the only boys who has been diagnosed with the syndrome. Most children who are diagnosed are females. 

"We've almost lost him 17 times…I've held him when the doctors said, 'get ready,' Margie said. "But he's doing really good right now and he's doing some things that they said would not ever be possible."

Friends of the Royall family put together a car show fundraiser at Betty Roses on North Judge Ely Blvd. to help Margie buy a larger home.

"We need a handicap accessible home, with wider doorways, with a roll in shower, a ramp to be inside and out and things along those lines, and they're really not out there," Margie said.

Right now, she David have a hard time fitting in their apartment.

"He's outgrown our apartment and one more adjustment of his wheelchair, we won't be able to push it through the doorways," Margie said. "Without a handicap accessible home, he won't be able to stay at home and he's getting much tremendously great care one on one at home."

Dewayne Key organized the car show, and he said he just wanted to get involved and help a boy who needs it.

"When I started I figured well we'll get you know a hundred cars maybe and I really didn't think we're gonna hit 200 or better today," Dewayne said. "And it's really neat for all the support we've had from the city of Abilene and everybody who's called me."

The support the Royall family has received is not confined to the Big Country. Margie said she has received supportive letters from people all over the world.