‘Touch A Truck’ raises funds to fight children’s cancer

Minnie Harley Davidson
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This article originally appeared in the Carmel Valley News/Del Mar Times on June 1, 2015

 

Kids enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon May 31 when they had the opportunity to climb into a variety of unique vehicles at the Touch A Truck event held at Canyon Crest Academy. The event, which raises money to help fight children’s cancer, started seven years ago with a vision to give kids the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seats of vehicles big and small. This year’s event featured nearly 100 race cars, hot rods, motorcycles, military, construction, off-road and emergency response vehicles.

The Mercy Air Ambulance also landed and took off on the CCA athletic fields, and was open for kids to check out while on the ground.

The first Touch A Truck was held in 2009 at Canyon Crest Academy, less than a year after the event’s inspiration, Max Mikulak, died at age 7 from neuroblastoma — a common cancer that mostly affects children under age 5. Max attended Solana Highlands Elementary, and his favorite things, besides his teacher and friends at school, were trucks, “Star Wars,” World War II, skateboards, bugs and Legos. When his parents started the Max’s Ring of Fire Childhood Cancer Foundation, to continue to pursue a cure for childhood cancers like the one that took their son, they came up with the idea of a car show for kids.

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