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Shiny cars aid cancer wars
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Alongside showing up for a good cause, the car show was an opportunity for Sandy Wilson to honor her late husband Rick. Wilson’s husband passed away before they could attend a car show with “The Beast” pictured here, but she now makes it a point to attend them in his memory. “The Beast” is an ’86 Chevy 454 Big Block. - photo by Nikki Childers

Support for two members of the community was delivered on wheels Saturday during the Shinin’ for a Cause Car Show.

Organizer Michael Parson sought to lessen the financial strain for residents Wanda Dixon and Joey Potter with this year’s contributions. Dixon is currently fighting stage 4 breast cancer, while Potter is a 1-year-old with kidney cancer that created tumors in his lung, kidney and liver.

Wanda Dixon was nominated last year and this year as her battle continues, though this year’s money will be used to purchase a much-needed Life Alert device so she can receive prompt assistance in the event of falls or other medical emergencies.

Dixon’s spirits remain bright and she expressed gratitude for the community crowding around her family during her fight. The event was all-around a heartening experience for the retired Super Rama employee.

“It means a lot that people are willing to fight for the cause,” Dixon said. “I’m not the only one going through this, but it is definitely a battle. The people take care of me and we are all in this together. I appreciate so much that Michael and the others do this for us.”

Joey Potter is the son of Will and Colena Potter. He was born with what is called a yolk sac tumor which had spread to several areas of his body. At the time of the car show last weekend, he was recovering at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital from surgery to remove a kidney that had been jeopardized by the tumor.

“I had no idea that my family had been nominated to receive the money,” explained Will. “A friend of mine told me I needed to meet up with Michael, and I was at a loss for words when he handed me the check. Even now, I still don’t have the words. It is amazing how many people don’t even know me, but want to help me. The outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming, in a good way.”

Will described the money as a blessing. Although his son’s outlook is positive and he is responding very well to treatment, the next three years will be filled with lab work and hospital visits to ensure his path to recovery remains as smooth as possible.

“The support and love that’s been shown to my family through all of this reminds me there is hope for humanity,” Will said. “There are so many truly amazing people in the world.”

Those who wish to make contributions to Joey Potter’s battle can contact Will via Facebook to purchase shirts, bracelets and other items or set up arrangements to make direct donations.

Parson indicated all of the proceeds from the event go entirely to Dixon and Potter, helping to soften the blow of medical costs from battling cancer. The event wheeled in $5,223 to be divided between Dixon and Potter.

“Health insurance only goes so far. The money made here helps them make it to treatment centers and to keep appointments, rent hotel rooms when needed,” explained Parson. “Gas is high right now and Mama (Dixon) is going to Nashville several times a week for treatment. All of that adds up, and it’s hard.”

Parson intends to make Shinin’ for a Cause an annual fixture, drawing in more car clubs and vendors to make it something that not only helps the families benefiting from the money raised, but also to support the members of the community.

“This event is by Warren County, for Warren County,” said Parson.

Those interested in nominating their family or another family can reach Shinin’ for a Cause at shininforacause@gmail.com. The families must be local to Warren County.