10th Annual Crusin’ For A Cure was a HIT!
Thank you to all who came out to be apart of and support the 2009 Crusin’ For A Cure at the OC Fair Grounds in Costa Mesa, CA. As you know, this is the largest one day charity car show, that benefits prostate cancer – in the world!
I was honored when I received the call from “The Woman Herself” Debbie Baker asking me to host this years special edition video. Why? Well, for many reasons, but especially, because this year’s event was extra special – as we celebrated the Crusin’ For A Cure 10 year anniversary, the success of saving hundreds of lives, and the woman who has made all of this happen – Debbie Baker!
Prostate Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death for men in this country andsadly to say after a 12 year battle – this deadly disease took the life of Debbie Baker’s beloved husband, Jim Poetker (Baker) earlier this year.
Yet, it’s because of this disease that Debbie Baker has been so determined to assist in saving as many men’s lives as possible! What has been the result of Debbie’s drive & sincere love for people? Well, some of your loved ones have been proactive by taking a PSA screening and they are still with us here today!
Personally – I think that is pretty remarkable!
This year alone, nearly 200,000 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and it will end up taking the lives of more than 27,000 men. When Cruisin’ for a Cure first started, the goal was to raise the awareness of the deadly disease. From humble beginnings in 2000 with 650 cars at the first show, Cruisin’ for a Cure has grown to more than 3,500 cars, 200 volunteers and thousands (20K to be exact) of active supporters, including some very influential individuals in the automotive industry. Guys like Hollywood’s best – George Barris. The guy with the smile, who adds extra shine to Orange County – Barry Meguire. He’s Nutz about NASCAR and raising money for children’s cancer - Gordon Stewart, AKA, Lugg Nutz. Plus we also had an exclusive interview with City Of Hope’s Urologist, Dr. Josephson, who gave us an up-close and behind the scenes look at the amazing technology and robot they use during surgeries.
Oh yea…and I also was persuaded by Tom West to sit in the Firestone Dragster during the demonstration – boy was that an experience! Take a look for yourself (click here to view video)
I would also like to give a special thank you to Steve Russo and Jon Van Buren who joined our production crew and took some amazing shots (see link) along with Randy Dubb, Jason Dubb, and Mark Richards from Still Motion Productions. Janel Hahn my assistant and “host in training” and of course Debbie Baker and Ross Kroenert – the two who make the magic happen!
See still images and gallery here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/genevievechappell/sets/72157622378447105/
In memory of Debbie’s wonderful husband June 16, 1936 – March 27, 2009. Rest In Peace!