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Cruisers Who Care and Barley's Heating will host the seventh Cruisin for Cancer Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will be held at Metzger Park 1420 S. Nickelplate in Louisville.
All makes and models of cars, trucks, and motorcycles are welcome. Registration is from 9 a.m.-noon, with a $10 vehicle entry fee going 100 percent to Mercy Cancer Center.
The first 250 registered will receive dash plaques, and the top 26 participants pick awards will be presented at 3 p.m. DJ "Sounds Terrific" will play your favorite oldies. The event will also include door prizes, raffle baskets and a grand raffle prize 50-inch Flatscreen television, 50//50 drawing, food, drink and "Moms Famous Bake Sale" available. This year the Louisville Constitution Queen and Court have volunteered their time to sell rootbeer floats for the cause.
Everything is donated for the event. Organizers say they are grateful for Barley's Heating & A//C Inc. for partnering for the last five years, as well as our sponsors' generosity and support making the event possible. Ramsburg Insurance Agency, Stark County Sheriff's Community Outreach, Country Sisters Embroidery, Ted's Auto Sales, Tri-County Hematology and Oncology Association, Yoder's Auto Service, Yoder's Collision Depot and Mayor Pat Fallot, A total of $39,073 has been donated to Mercy Cancer Center, assisting cancer patients in the community. Organizers hope to reach a goal of $15,000 this year
Every year a different color of cancer is spotlighted. This year, pink is the focus with a theme of "This One's For The Girls." Every year one out of eight women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer, and one out of five in Northeast Ohio are diagnosed with breast cancer.
Donations to Mercy Cancer Center help fund financial assistance to uninsured patients for the basic necessities such as transportation, wigs, mastectomy bras, physician and co-pays. Funds also support community outreach, provide educational programming and assist with maintaining the complementary medicine program. Karen Coughlin, the administrative director of cancer services at Mercy and some of her staff will be on hand at the show with a wellness tent.
The Stark County Sheriff's Community Outreach Program under the direction of Deputy Chris Barker has had an active part in fundraising for the cruisin. Barker puts together different in-house events to raise funds. She had T-shirts printed with a picture of the dash plaque on them, and will be selling them at the show. Barker has a personal passion for this event, having lost her Mother to Lung Cancer. She has seen first hand the benefits to patients from the donations. Her mother utilized the transport vans when she needed rides to treatments and was also provided with a wig.
A group "survivor" picture will be taken at 1 p.m. at the big pavilion. Everyone that is a cancer survivor is encouraged to be a part of this picture. Last year, 24 people were in the picture and the intention is to keep growing it. A group photo will also be taken with everyone that has lost someone to cancer. That will coincide with a special tribute song written by Ricky Lee, for those that will be forever in our hearts.
For more info on the show, visit www.cruisinforcancer or call 330-323-4437.