Shiny cars help fight cancer

Support was given to two members of the Society on Wheels on Saturday during Shinin’ at the Cause Car Show.

Organizer Michael Parson sought to ease the financial pressure on residents Wanda Dixon and Joey Potter with this year’s contributions. Dixon is currently battling stage 4 breast cancer, while Potter is one year old with kidney cancer that caused tumors in his lung, kidney and liver.

Wanda Dixon was nominated last year and this year as her fight continues, although this year’s money will be used to purchase a much-needed Life Alert so she can get immediate help in the event of a fall or other medical emergency.

Dixon’s spirit is still shining and she has expressed her gratitude to the community huddled around her family as she fights it off. The event all around was an encouraging experience for retired employee Super Rama.

“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’s definitely a battle. People take care of me and we’re all in this together. I really appreciate Michael and the others doing this for us.”

Joey Potter is the son of Will and Colina Potter. He was born with a yolk sac tumor that 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 compromised by a tumor.

“I had no idea my family had been nominated to receive the money,” Will explained. “One of my friends told me I needed to meet Michael, and I was at a loss when he handed me the check. Even now, I still don’t have the words. It’s 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 way good.”

Will described money as a blessing. Although his son’s outlook is positive and he is responding 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 I have shown my family through all of this reminds me that there is hope for humanity,” Will said. “There are a lot of really wonderful people in the world.”

Those who wish to make contributions to the Joey Potter fight can contact Will via Facebook to purchase T-shirts, bracelets, and other items, or make arrangements to make a direct donation.

Parsons noted that all proceeds from the event go entirely to Dixon and Potter, which helps mitigate medical costs from fighting cancer. The event was paid for $5,223 to be split between Dixon and Potter.

“Health insurance only goes so far. The money made here helps them get to treatment centers, keep appointments, and rent hotel rooms when needed.” The gas is up now and Mama (Dixon) goes to Nashville several times a week for treatment. It all adds up, and that’s tough.”

Parsons intends to make Shinin’ for the cause an annual event, attracting more auto clubs and dealers to make it something that not only helps families receiving the money raised but also supports community members.

“This event is from Warren County, to Warren County,” Parson said.

Those interested in nominating their family or another family may contact Shinen for a case at [email protected] Families must be local to Warren County.

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