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Car show benefits ailing Metter boy
Bo Miller, 10, has rare kidney disorder and needs transplant
Bo Miller car show
A car enthusiast looks over some of the vintage cars on display during the Southern Cruisers Car Show in 2008. This year's show is set for Saturday at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds. - photo by Herald File
    Walter “Bo” Miller is a 10-year-old boy from Metter. In most ways, Bo is your typical 10-year-old. He lives with mother Joelle and 11-year-old sister Kayla. He loves to run around and play. But Bo has a rare kidney disorder. He was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis when he was 1.
    On Saturday, the Southern Cruisers Car Club of Statesboro will hold its 18th Annual Car, Truck & Cycle Show and all proceeds from the show will benefit Bo and his family. The show is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds.
    FSGS is a disease that attacks the kidneys and their function, disabling the tiny units within the kidney from cleansing the blood. Due to this disease, Bo had both of his kidneys removed in December 2008. He is scheduled for a kidney transplant in the near future, but will face a lifetime of anti-rejection therapy.
    Because of the disease, Bo has never attended school. Also, his mother hasn’t been able to hold down full time employment because he requires constant care. She and Bo have to travel to Augusta three times each week for dialysis treatments.
    The Southern Cruisers show will include autos and vehicles from all eras and draws auto enthusiasts from around the southeast. Best of Show awards will be announced and  door prizes will be given away.
    Joelle Miller said the family keeps their spirits up by being very active in the Open Door Worship Center. The Millers need assistance with traveling expenses for shuttling Bo to and from his treatments and for some living expenses.
    Admission to the show is $3 and children under 12 are admitted free. For more information, call 764-3523.
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