The Cruisin’ to Cure Open Car and Motorcycle Show is about more than new or classic vehicles, though the medium through which it pursues its main goal is a nifty one.
In its third year, the show will kickoff the 2014 Relay for Life fundraising season, and will boast motorcycles and cars of all years, makes and models, in the name of finding a cure for cancer.
Martha Floyd, car show chairman and account chair for Graham Relay for Life, started the show in honor of her father, who passed away due to cancer 10 years ago. Her father, David Dunn, fought prostate cancer for nearly three years, and Floyd joined his fight by participating in Relay for Life events locally and nationally. Relay for Life is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, and will take place June 13 and 14 at Newton Field.
“We walked for my dad all night long, and my sons were there and they walked and everything. And I got involved with Relay here because of my dad," Floyd said.
Her father succumbed to the disease after it spread throughout his body and into his brain.
“He was always a strong person, and to see him lay there and not be able to fight back anymore just tore me up because that wasn’t my dad laying there,” Floyd said. “My daddy was my hero, and he fought it till the end, and now I’m picking up that fight.”
Additionally, Floyd has a few friends who are battling cancer. Her brother-in-law has it in his nasal cavity and has just gone into remission, and her husband, Weldon Floyd, has had skin cancer removed several times.
“This is the reason I relay and help — this is my way of trying to fight back for those like my dad,” she said. “I’ve had other family members that have passed away from cancer, and cancer makes me mad.”
Last year’s car show brought in 76 entrants, and show registration fees and vendor sales raised a total $2,500. All of the money goes to a fund dedicated to Graham Relay for Life, and will be tallied after the race takes place.
“The funds that we raise here, some of it gets brought back into our area for those that need it, whether it be travel expenses, treatment, lodging for treatment, wigs, prosthesis, anything like that. The other goes into research,” she said.
The show will begin with entrant registration at 9 a.m. Saturday, March, 15, on the Downtown Square.
Read more in Wednesday's Graham Leader.