Sports are an important part of life for the Roth family. All four of the Roth siblings play multiple sports. Fifteen-year-old Allentown Central Catholic High School (ACCHS) sophomore Sammy and her 18-year-old sister, Julia, a recent graduate of ACCHS, both participate in basketball, soccer and cross-country. In fact, Julia earned 16 varsity letters during her time at ACCHS, more than anyone else in the school’s history.
“Sports was always something we could do together,” says their mother, JoAnn Roth. “For us, family vacations were tournaments and eating WaWa in the back of the car, but it was great because we were all together.”
Because Sammy and Julia both had a passion for sports, they looked forward to playing on the same team in high school for the year that they would share the school. However, Sammy suffered an injury during basketball that left them wondering if they would be able to play together after all.
“I was at a basketball tournament in Tennessee, and I turned the wrong way and heard my knee pop. I knew right away that it wasn’t good. We came home and I went to see Dr. Luchetti, and he told me that I tore my ACL,” Sammy says.
“As soon as it happened, I took her right to Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute. We saw how well Sammy’s recovery went, so we knew that Julia would do well too.” JoAnn Roth
Although upset with the diagnosis, Sammy says that her team at Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute and orthopedic surgeon Wayne Luchetti, MD, with LVPG Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, kept her spirits up. “I could feel that Dr. Luchetti was really confident, and that helped to make me feel like I could get through this,” she says.