A Fuel the Fight car show and event aimed at stopping prostate cancer in its tracks in the Mahoning Valley is set from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at Boardman High School. The event is being planned through the efforts of Man Up Mahoning Valley and Humility of Mary Health Partners Foundation as a way to raise funds to help in the battle.
"Our foundation used to have a 10K race, but this year we decided to change venues this year," said Jonathon Fauvie from HMHP Foundation.
He said the foundation also does the Panerathon, a 10K race that takes place at the Covelli Center in August. He said that has been successful, starting with 1,200 the first year and building to 6,000 participants in 2012.
"This year we are expecting close to 7,000 participants," he said.
Instead of having two 10K races, the Boardman venue is being changed to a car show, but Fauvie said next year's event could include the 10K again and may include motorcycles. As for this year, there may not be a foot race, but there will be a lot to do for the whole family.
The event is going to feature bounces, tricycle races, face painting, and a special landing by the STAT Medi-vac helicopter for the kids. Because the message of the event is all about prostrate cancer in men, there will be one place no man will want to miss - the man cave.
A complete man cave will be set up at BHS and will include furniture, a pool table, foosball table, basketball game, big screen TV, and relaxing lounge chairs. All the man cave items will be raffled off as part of the fundraiser, as will a 2013 Ford Escape.
But cars will take center stage at the event. Fauvie expects between 200 and 300 classic, custom, and street machines to enter the event. There will be six classes judged and trophies awarded, including a Best of Show and People's Choice award. Also on display will be the oldest surviving Ford Mustang in existence. The vehicle was restored by Nate Miller of Boardman, and is a pre-production model.
Anyone who wants to show off their ride at the show can pre-register online at the Man Up site at www.manupmv.com or they can register the day of the show.
While the event will include a plethora of activities, the message will be simple and that is bringing awareness about prostrate cancer.
"Because we are guys, we don't like to talk about it," Fauvie said. "At stage 1 and 2, it is treatable and men can live years afterwards. In the later stages, it can be a killer."
Fauvie said the funds raised from the event will stay local and will help provide free prostrate exams for men who are underinsured or have no insurance. He said last year, his foundation provided for 70 such exams and three new cases of prostrate cancer were discovered. Another free screening is being planned after the car show and again in November.
Other event venues include food by O'Charleys, which will also host a food-eating contest with the prize being ribs for a year. The prize entitles the winner to ribs for 10 people once a month for an entire year. Also, everyone who comes to the show will get a bag of free giveaways
The raffle of the two-year lease on a new Ford Escape is the big fundraiser for this event. It requires a $100 donation to fight prostate cancer in the Valley, but the odds of winning are also good as only 300 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held at the end of the day.
Man Up Mahoning Valley has been in existence for several years and is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to fight prostate cancer in the Valley by raising awareness of the risks of disease and getting men over 40 to see their doctor for a prostate exam every year. Man Up is funded by the HMHP Foundation and by private and corporate donors.