Walking in the 3-day that year meant more to us than ever, as my Great-Grandmother was battling breast cancer for the second time in my lifetime! After her diagnosis, she had no will to fight or live through the horrible effects of the diseases one more time and this was our way to support and encourage her to make it through (which she did)!
The event became a vision to my parents (Suzann and Chris) while my mom was visiting dad on a business trip and worrying (as always) about how we were going to raise $4,800 to walk in the 3-day. As they were brainstorming (trying not to beg, borrow and steal from family and friends), my Dad said a car show. Since we are car enthusiasts with show cars of our own, why not do what we know? From this initial small and wildly successful event grew a movement centered on breast cancer and helping local charities reach out to and impact those they serve!
Over the years what began as Palm Harbor Car Show has grown bigger into Car Shows for Charity and has become an incredible organization serving our community more together than any one of us could go alone! Currently I serve on the board of CS4C as the volunteer coordinator! Outside of the organization I am an educator in First grade for Hillsborough County Schools working in a Title 1/Renaissance school teaching, serving and guiding children through their beginning years of education.
In May 2014, I married my best friend (Doug). We have just begun writing our new story called life together, as we walk through life side by side loving each other and serving our community through our work with CS4C. As I have walked through just a few years of my adult life, I am very proud and passionate about our organization and the accomplishments we have made over the course of the last 7 years.
By giving back and truly understanding the self-sacrifice of community service, we became a part of something that is bigger than any one person and a group of people banded together with the commitment to serve