Car show aids Union Hospital cancer patients
ELKTON — The fifth annual “Cruzin’ for a Cause” car show, which featured than 200 vintage and rare automobiles in the Northeast Plaza parking lot in May, raised nearly $16,000 to benefit the Union Hospital Cancer Program, according to chief organizer Missy Reynolds.
During a brief ceremony at Union Hospital on Friday, a check for $15,863 generated by the latest annual car show was presented to hospital officials on behalf of that cancer program.
In 2012, Reynolds, of North East, founded the car show in honor of her late father, Robert C. Reynolds, an automobile enthusiast who died from cancer on June 16, 2012, at age 75. Her father had frequently displayed his gleaming white 1960 Chevy Impala at local and regional car shows. During the event on May 27, that Impala graced the car show parking lot in his memory.
Missy Reynolds plans the charity car show event every year with her mother, Mary Ann Reynolds, also of North East. Robert and Mary Ann had been married 52 years when he died from cancer.
During the patriarch’s battle with cancer, the Reynolds family realized that cancer patients — even though they have medical insurance — still could experience a financial strain. That discovery was the catalyst for the Cruzin’ for a Cause car show that memorializes Robert Reynolds and helps Union Hospital cancer patients who are struggling to pay their medical bills.
“Through his cancer treatment, we learned that, you may have insurance, but those co-pays and deductibles add up real fast. There was a gap between what the medical insurance covered and what he had to pay out of pocket,” Reynolds explained. “My dad was known for being a community-minded man. He saw a need and said something needs to be done.”
By that time, however, his battle with cancer overshadowed everything and limited him. After her father died, Reynolds decided to take action and created the annual car show that generates funds to help Union Hospital cancer patients handle their co-pays and deductibles.
Proceeds through the Cruisin’ for a Cause car show are generated in many ways, starting with owners of vintage and rare automobile paying an unspecified registration fee to display their vehicles.
“There is no set amount for the registration fee; they pay how they feel led, like a donation,” Reynolds said, noting that, by and large, entrants have been quite charitable over the years.
A second way, raffle tickets are sold for chances to win gift baskets containing a variety of goods and services — all of which are donated by numerous local businesses, she said, adding, “We have tremendous support from our business community.”
During the car show in May, marking the third way money is raised, tickets were sold for a 50/50 raffle, Reynolds noted.
Lastly, people simply donate money to the cause.
Checks in memory of Robert C. Reynolds still can be sent to the Union Hospital Cancer Foundation, 147 W. High St., Elkton, 21921.
Union Hospital CEO Rich Szumel (second from left) accepts a $15,863 check from North East residents Mary Ann Reynolds (left); her daughter, Missy Reynolds, and Missy’s son, Jeremy, during a brief ceremony on Friday at the hospital.