Touch A Truck is inspired by Max Mikulak, a 7-year-old Carmel Valley boy who died in 2008 from neuroblastoma. Max loved WWII airplanes, Star Wars, Legos, video games, bugs, and Ring of Fire by Social Distortion.
In addition, our ongoing inspiration is the kids fighting cancer today, and yet to be diagnosed. Hundreds of kids around the country, many here in San Diego, have benefitted from the research and treatments funded by the money raised at Touch A Truck.
Cancer in kids is much too important and complex to cover in just a few paragraphs. However, here's a starting primer, as summarized by our friends at the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2):
Cancer persists as the leading cause of death by disease among children and adolescents in the United States, and most survivors will experience significant debilitating complications that result from existing treatments (developed for adults); unfortunately, only two drugs have been approved to treat a pediatric cancer in the last quarter century. Despite these facts, the issues surrounding childhood cancer are consistently misunderstood and underfunded.