SCRANTON, Kan. (WIBW) -- Bill Johnson is determined to raise money for a cause dear to his heart. A friend of his, Andy Flint, lost his wife Debbie to breast cancer in February of 2011.
Bill combined his passion for helping others and his passion for old cars, and decided he was going to raise money to fight this disease. He organized his first car show fund raiser in the name of Debbie Flint in 2011.
It took time. It took commitment. And it took a lot of Bill's own money to see the event through. "It took about $600 to put on the show last year," Bill said. Fund raising efforts were about $400 shy of that total. The rest came out of Bill's own pocket.
Bill is stepping up efforts to raise money and support for his second year. After an appearance on WIBW-TV's Midday in Kansas Monday, April 9, Bill excitedly called to say that after his interview he received a phone call from The Mixer liquor store in Marysville.
"He said, 'I'm going to send you a $600 check,'" Bill said in amazement. The generous donor said he, too, had a personal connection to breast cancer and wants to help Bill put on a successful fund raiser.
The 2012 Find a Cure Car Show will be held in Scranton's city park. Bill was mindful of car show enthusiasts and guests when picking the location. "I was trying to find a nice, cool place with some grass and a shelter house for the drivers so we'd be a little more comfortable."
There will be a barbecue in conjunction with the car show. Anyone who would like to be a sponsor of food, drinks, t-shirts - or would like to help as a financial sponsor - should contact Bill at home at (785) 272-6422, or on his cell phone at (785) 817-6159.
All proceeds will be donated to Susan G Komen for the Cure, although the car show is not an official SGK event.
Entry fees for the cars are $15 each. Drivers will get a dash plaque for participating, as well as awards to be handed out after judging.