LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A tradition in Bullitt County will mark its fifth consecutive year as Cruzin’ for Cancer brings its mix of two shows in one to the Hillview Community Center 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday June 8.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the day’s activities will benefit patient support, community outreach and research programs of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville.
“The show has grown tremendously over the past five years,” show organizer Richard Luce Jr. said. “Last year we had more than 70 cars and 80 model cars. We hope people will come to this show not only from Bullitt County but from all over the Ohio Valley to increase awareness of cancer prevention, treatment and to support the work being done at UofL.”
While the location is the same, this year’s event will benefit from a new building at the Hillview Community Center. Luce expects the center’s two gyms, an indoor space and outdoor location for the cars will be filled. The two shows within the show consist of an arts and crafts show along with a car, truck, motorcycle and model car show. There also will be food and vendor booths, live entertainment, demonstrations by Metro Louisville EMS and Police, a silent auction and prize and cash raffles. More than 35 vendors have signed up to participate thus far.
Dr. Levi Beverly, a Brown Cancer Center research scientist who examines the mechanisms of tumor initiation, progression and regression after treatment, will be on hand to discuss his work and provide a general overview of the progress made in recent years in successfully beating cancer. Proceeds from the show help fund Beverly’s laboratory along with services provided by the M. Krista Loyd Resource Center and the Kentucky Cancer Program, both initiatives at the Brown Cancer Center.
After his father died from cancer in 2013, Luce began plans for the show with the desire to provide funds and awareness to fight the disease.
“Since my father’s passing, I have striven to improve cancer awareness,” Luce said. “We must bring awareness about the different types of cancer. Testing is necessary as a preventive procedure. We want support groups to come out to the Bullitt County area so cancer patients and their families here know about them. We eventually want to bring the doctors to the area for routine checkups and screening.
“The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is both a local and regional center that does wonderful things by helping not only in research but making sure the patients get the proper care and treatment that they need. It is important to me that the donations and proceeds not only stay local but go where they belong.”
The Hillview Community Center is located at 298 Prairie Drive. Admission to the show is free but donations to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center are appreciated.