On April 20, 2015, Amanda Smith was diagnosed with stage II cervical cancer. Although a long road ahead, Amanda is kicking cancer’s ass! With Gail Hargett, Amanda’s Mother by her side and her family, Amanda’s road to recovery is almost over, only a few more treatments away and as Amanda says, “she is making cancer her bitch!”
Amanda Smith is our girls school bus driver and we have known her for a couple of years now. Our Daughters at the age of 10 and 8 attend school in Anne Arundel County. To watch the relationship between Amanda and the girls is a pretty awesome sight. When Amanda stopped driving the girls’ bus and a substitute driver started coming around, we started to worry. We keep in-touch with Amanda through Facebook and text messaging. We learned of Amanda’s condition and my wife and I were trying to think of ways of how we can help. We can donate money to Amanda’s GoFundMe page, but a few bucks will only get her so far. So why not combine our passion for cars and create a charity event? That became the creation of the Cancer Sucks Car Meet.
I made a couple of phone calls to close friends to get the ball rolling. Without hesitation they were on-board and we started putting things into motion. Pep Boys in Glen Burnie was gracious enough to allow us to host the event. With the power of social media within a couple of hours over 1500 people were invited and the RSVPs started to roll-in with people saying they were going to the event.
We laid out a plan of what we wanted to do to help make this event successful; raffles, bake sale, and get enthusiasts together to have a good time. My wife Jennifer and good friend Lisa started to canvas the community and request for donations of items to raffle off. The amount of support we have received is truly overwhelming. From large businesses to small businesses and several private donations, all came through to help make this a very successful event. (Please see the list of businesses and organizations below who have helped make this event a successful one.)
Cancer Sucks – AWARENESS
One of our primary missions of the meet is to help raise awareness. Amanda’s posts within the Cancer Sucks Car Meet Event Page was to let people know that insurance companies are waiting 3-5 years to have cervical cancer screening (pap test) done by your doctor. In most cases cervical cancer can be prevented through early detection. GET CHECKED SOONER!
via National Cervical Cancer Coalition: Each year, approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States.Yet cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers today. In most cases cervical cancer can be prevented through early detection and treatment of abnormal cell changes that occur in the cervix years before cervical cancer develops. We now know that these cell changes are caused by human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV. The traditional test for early detection has been the Pap test. Now HPV tests are available that can be used with the Pap test in women starting at 30 years of age and in women of any age when the Pap test alone has found slightly abnormal cell changes. For more information visit: http://www.nccc-online.org/hpvcervical-cancer/cervical-cancer-screening/
On July 31st, The Cancer Sucks Car Meet kicked off, with over 250-300 cars rolling through and a mix of old school, new school and everything in between the Cancer Sucks Meet was a huge success. The event was hosted from 5PM to 9PM with custom rides showing up as early as 3PM. By 5PM the lower parking lot was full and by 6PM we were scrambling to find empty parking spots. With raffle tickets and baked goods being sold left and right, food, snowballs, DJ, and all of the vendors who have participated, this made for an awesome event.
The Grand Total
With over $5,000 raised, our goal has truly expanded beyond our expectations. Everyone who has helped make this a successful event, we are grateful. To all of the car enthusiasts who came out to the event, shared the flyer and event pages on social media, and to the businesses who have made contributions; what an awesome way to bring the scene together and to help Amanda and her family out.
Update: Yesterday, on August 1, we sat down with Amanda and went over her medical bills. Money orders will be generated for each of the bills and sent off to the companies to ensure Amanda’s medical bills are taken care of. This event has helped Amanda and her family out tremendously. Her husband Chris has worked non-stop everyday in an attempt to keep up with the bills. This will now put them back on their feet.
Sponsors and Advertisers – Cancer Sucks Meet
We wanted to highlight a couple of organizations who have helped us make this event into what it has become. Please do not allow this to take away from all of the other generous donations we have received, but we wanted to thank these guys for all their help!
Maisel Bros. Inc.
We would like to send a special thank you to Maisel Bros. Inc. (16 8th Avenue NW, Glen Burnie, MD 21061) for donating a $1000 Custom Hanover Fire pit for the most sought-after raffle of the night. People from all over literally came to this meet to win the fire pit. We have one in our backyard from Maisel Bros. and absolutely love it! Go check them out: http://maiselblock.com/
Mr. Pete – The Food Guy
Mr. Pete donated $450 to Amanda and her family and spent his evening throwing down some bad ass BBQ. We thank you for slaving in the heat, your generous contribution and for making this event much more special.
Twizted Intentions Custom Car and Truck Club – Maryland
We would like to thank Twizted Intentions Maryland for presenting a check for $250 to Amanda to help her with her medical bills. The club comes together every year and chooses a charity or someone in-need within the community and they make a contribution to lend a helping hand. This year the club chose to donate to the Cancer Sucks Car Meet on behalf of Amanda Smith.
Below is a consolidated list of all of the organizations who have contributed to this great cause in addition to several private donations from friends and family. Without them and the car enthusiasts, none of this would be possible.
I would like to thank…
The Maisel family and Schill family for helping us run the event. Everything from setting up, raffles, to parking cars. Without you guys we would’ve struggled.
Thank you to DJ Special K (Kellen) for providing all of the music and MC for the night. You did an awesome job, looking forward to working with you in the future!!
I would like to also thank several close friends, I would list all of you guys out, but I know I will miss a couple and don’t want to upset anyone. Several of you have asked ahead of time if we needed help with anything and we very much appreciate it!
Cancer Sucks Charity Meet Sponsors
The folks who made it happen…
|Absolute Pro-formance – 3306C Baltimore Blvd, Finksburg, MD 21048|
|Ace Hardware and Hearth – 4167 Mountain Rd., Pasadena 21122|
|Action Maid Service – 212 Audrey Ave, Brooklyn 21225|
|Active Body and Health – 411 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park MD 21146|
|Always Be Envied – Pasadena, 21122|
|Artistic Trends Salon – 50 Mountain Rd, Glen Burnie, 21060|
|Auto Zone – 2707 Mountain Rd, Pasadena 21122|
|Auto Performance Aesthetics Centre – 806 Barkwood Ct, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090|
|Bella Napoli – 350 Mountain Rd, Pasadena 21122|
|B’More Kreative – 1772 Sulphur Spring Rd. Suite 101, Halethorpe, MD 21227|
|BG’s Car Wash – 522 North Crain Hwy, Glen Burnie 21061|
|Bill Bateman’s Bistro – 566 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park 21146|
|Bowl America – 7155 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie|
|Brandon Fuggit Designs – Baltimore, MD.|
|Burger King – 7314 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie, MD|
|CarShowz.com – Baltimore, MD.|
|Chuck E Cheese – 6637 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie 21061|
|Core Life – 3201 Mountain Rd, Pasadena 21122|
|Costco – 575 E Ordnance Rd, Glen Burnie, MD 21060|
|D & R Snowball’s – Ferndale, MD.|
|Daily Scoop – 3201 Mountain Rd, Pasadena 21122|
|DJ Special K (DJ by Kellen) – Laurel, MD.|
|Dynasty Nail Spa – 4129 Mountain Rd, Pasadena 21122|
|Explicit Concepts Car and Truck Club Maryland|
|Face Painting by Michelle|
|Fifer’s Seafood – 8894 Ft Smallwood Rd, Pasadena 21122|
|Freaks of Nature Car and Truck Club Maryland|
|Glory Days Grill – 7939 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie 21051|
|Golden Dragon Defense – 8894 Ft Smallwood Suite 9, Pasadena 21122|
|Great Clips – 64 Mountain Rd, Glen Burnie 21060|
|Green Turtle – BWI|
|Ground Zero Car and Truck Club Maryland|
|Hair Cuttery – 558 C Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park, MD 21146|
|Hashtag Team Honda|
|Home Depot – 66 Mountain Rd, Glen Burnie, 21060|
|Homestead Garden – 743W Central Ave, Davidsonville 21035|
|IAG Performance – 1203 Baltimore Blvd, Westminster, MD 21157|
|Image Creators – 568-F Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park 21146|
|Kent Island Crab – 2905 Mountain Rd, Pasadena 21122|
|Lauer’s – 8095 Edwin Raynor Blvd, Pasadena, 21122|
|Maisel Brothers Inc. – 16 8th Avenue, Glen Burnie|
|Maryland Area Mopar|
|Mary Kay – Pasadena 21122|
|Mother’s Peninsula Grille – 969 Ritchie Hwy, Arnold 21012|
|Mr. Pete Food Services|
|Mr. Tire – 7529 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie 21061|
|Nova – 3257 Solomons Islands Rd., Edgewater 21037|
|NY Pizza – 4315 E Mountain Rd, Pasadena 2112|
|Overlea Motors – 7010 Belair Rd, Baltimore, MD 21206|
|Park Tavern – 580 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park 21146|
|Pasadena Golf – 4358 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, 21122|
|Pasadena Skating Center – 2318 Mountain Rd, Pasadena 21122|
|Pep Boys -7311 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie, MD 21061|
|Planet Fitness – 6836 Race Track Rd, Bowie 20715|
|Planet of Vapes – 2531 Mountain Rd., Pasadena 21122|
|Plato’s Closet – 30 Mountain Rd, Glen Burnie 21061|
|Plaza Garibaldi – 7917 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie 21060|
|Prescision Tune Auto Care – 409 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, Maryland, 21146|
|Rommel’s Ace Home Center – 574 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park 21146|
|Rose Nail Spa – 8894 Ft Smallwood Rd Suite 8, Pasadena 21122|
|Safeway – 4211 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, 21122|
|Seaside – 224 N Crain Hwy, Glen Burnie 21061|
|Severna Park Golf Center – 1257 Gov. Ritchie Hwy, Arnold 21012|
|Severna Park Golf Park – 1257 Gov Ritchie Hwy, Arnold 21012|
|Severna Park Lanes – 840 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park 21146|
|Shepke Studios – Mountain Rd., Pasadena 21122|
|Slot Car Racing – 3820 Mountain Rd 21122|
|Split Ends – 550 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park 21146|
|Sports Clips – 4139 Mountain Rd, Pasadena 21122|
|Sun Valley Movies – 7943 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie 21060|
|Texas Roadhouse – 4465 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122|
|The Cottage – 568-E Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park 21146|
|The Daily Scoop – 3201 Mountain Rd, Glen Burnie 21122|
|The Great American Car Wash – 825 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park 21146|
|The Pasadena Voice|
|The Great American Car Wash – 825 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park 21146|
|The OC Car Show – Ocean City, MD.|
|The Office Bar & Grill – Mountain Rd., Pasadena 21122|
|Twizted Intentions Custom Car and Truck Club Maryland Chapter|
|UPS Store – 4157 Mountain Rd, Pasadena 21122|
|Vocelli Pizza – 2433 Mountain Rd, Pasadena 21122|
|Wingman – Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD.|
|Xspecially 4 U Hon – Pasadena 21122|
|Younique by Kari – Resterstown, MD.|
Please note we have tried our best to include all of those who have made a donation to support this event. By no means if you are not listed I did not do it on purpose, please contact me and I will include you within the list ASAP. I apologize in advance. Please fill-out our contact form, here. Thank you!!
Several private donations from friends and family were contributed to make this happen as well, thank you to all!!
A Thank you from Amanda Smith
August 1, 2015 | by Amanda Smith: I have always been the type of person that it is easier for me to say things better on paper.
I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. All the time and effort that you all put into this event is beyond amazing. I have never in my life had too many people show me so much love and support.
Seeing all of you work so hard yesterday for my family and I melted my heart. It truly gave me a whole new outlook on life and the world.
This has been the hardest most terrifying thing I have ever went through in my entire life and because of you all things have been easier and less stressful. I never imagined this event would turn out as huge as it did. It just shows the hard work you all put into it. Again thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will spend the rest of my life paying it forward!
– Much Love, Amanda Smith
Thank you Amanda for the kind words and we thank you for spending the entire evening with us. With only a few more treatments left you can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are so happy to be able to bring so many great people together for you and to make this happen.
Wrap-up Cancer Sucks Post Coverage Photos
Cancer Sucks Coverage by Mike Mieczkowski, CarShowz.com
An Infrastructure/Information Technology Manager by day, an automotive enthusiast the rest of my spare time. Most importantly a Father, Husband and a U.S. Navy Veteran! Combining my experiences and skills and came up with the ultimate creation of CarShowz.com. Armed with a camera who knows where this journey will take me but stay tuned, it's going to be an exciting ride!