Cruisin’ for a Remedy — an occasion that may draw 1000’s of basic autos (and their principally male caretakers) to the Orange County fairgrounds this Saturday — might appear to be only a automotive present, however it’s obtained ulterior motives.
Along with a dizzying array of vehicles and vans, the occasion will characteristic practically 200 distributors and exhibitors, stay music, money prizes, meals and actions for youngsters. However past all that, the present will even present free prostate most cancers screenings for males over 40.
Lake Forest resident Debbie Baker began the present again in 1999, after her husband Jim, a automotive afficiando, was identified with prostate most cancers. Feeling annoyed by how males took such nice care of their autos however typically ignored their very own well being, she determined to take motion.
“Males are the worst. They’ve so many excuses — they don’t need to go to the physician, they don’t need to fill out paperwork,” she recalled in a current interview. “I assumed, I have to do one thing for these guys to grasp they have to be checked, identical to ladies have to be checked.”
Baker created Cruisin’ for a Remedy, not solely as a strategy to elevate cash for the KSK Most cancers Heart of Irvine however to entice males of a sure age to get a fast and simple blood take a look at that might save their lives.
“What higher strategy to have guys get examined than to have their hotrods there, their toys?” she reasoned.
Her reasoning, it seems, was sound. To date, the occasion has carried out greater than 15,000 free screenings for prostate-specific antigens, an indicator of irregular prostate operate, together with most cancers. From these screenings, greater than 4,000 males have been discovered to have excessive ranges of PSA of their blood.
Amongst them is Carson Lev, a automotive fanatic who used to work for Sizzling Wheels and began coming to Cruisin’ for a Remedy in its early days to arrange racing tracks for teenagers on the present.
Then in his 40s, prostate most cancers wasn’t on his radar, so when Baker used to attempt to corral him for a screening, he’d politely decline.
“She’d come up in her golf cart, actually seize me by the arm and say, ‘Did you get your blood take a look at?’” the Laguna Niguel resident recalled in an interview. “I’d inform her, ‘Go get that outdated man over there.’”
As Lev approached 50, nonetheless, Baker doubled down in her efforts to get him examined and eventually succeeded in 2003. He was shocked two weeks later when he obtained a letter within the mail from the clinic that had carried out the screening, telling him to speak to a physician.
His PSA ranges have been unusually excessive and would rise month after month, as docs examined and handled him for different situations. A biopsy later revealed Lev had early-stage prostate most cancers. After present process surgical procedure and remedy, the most cancers was eradicated.
Lev recalled his physician asking him what made him get examined at a comparatively younger age and with no signs. He instructed him about Baker.
“He instructed me, ‘That girl is your guardian angel. In case you’d have been ready for a symptom, you’d be ready 5 to 10 years and, I’m going to inform you, I might have been combating to save lots of your life at that time,’” he mentioned.
“Debbie is a vital individual in my life.”
Over greater than twenty years, Cruisin’ for a Remedy has drawn collectively not solely automotive lovers of every kind but additionally those that have a detailed and private connection to prostate most cancers.
Costa Mesa resident Beverly Morgan, for instance, comes annually to indicate off the 1965 Mustang her father, Invoice Morgan, lovingly restored for her as a present in 1984. The present offers her a possibility to speak extra about her “Pops,” who died of prostate most cancers in 2011.
“He liked vehicles and wrenching on them,” Morgan mentioned, recalling how her dad discovered the automotive in a barn with a nest of mice residing within the engine and spent the following 12 months tinkering away, sending pictures of his progress by the mail.
After he handed, she started attending Cruisin’ for a Remedy. Now her 18-year-old nephew, Daniel Morgan, will take the Mustang out for a spin, look after it and attend the present alongside her.
“I simply need to hold Invoice Morgan’s spirit alive and do it by this automotive he lovingly restored in such element,” she mentioned. “I feel he’d be happy with that.”
Cruisin’ for a Remedy takes place Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a car procession beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is $17, and youngsters underneath 12 are free. Parking prices $10. The fairgrounds are situated at 88 Truthful Drive in Costa Mesa. For extra, go to cruisinforacure.com.
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