darren krause/metro calgary
Talk of cancer really gets Steve Maguire’s motor running.
His sister Jackie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, and Maguire had been searching for ideas to help battle the disease that had stricken his sister.
He offered his liver to his dying sister after the cancer had spread, but Maguire said by that time the disease had progressed too far. So he had to come up with another way to make a difference in Jackie’s life and ultimately the lives of other cancer patients.
A love of cars and a passion to help conquer the cancer that took Jackie’s life on July 18 this year was the combination Maguire was looking for when he came up with the Cool Cars Cruising 4 Cancer fundraising effort.
He said he’d seen the walks and the runs for cancer, but wanted to cater to a more specific crowd.
“This was a way, in particular, for guys to come out and support (fundraising for cancer) and do something that they are passionate about — which is cars,” said Maguire, a member of Corvettes Unlimited — a local car club.
Over 600 cars from clubs across the province — including 80 cars from Edmonton — took part in yesterday’s rain-soaked event at McMahon Stadium. The event doubled as a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society and also a ‘show and shine’ — though the weather didn’t allow for much of the show or shine.
Canadian Cancer Society spokesman James Foster said the support for Cool Cars Cruising 4 Cancer was uplifting.
“It’s unprecedented. I think cancer touches everyone in one way or another — I think that particularly in this case you get likeminded folks who have a passion for vehicles and you turn it into something beyond that,” said Foster.