PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

April 7, 2013

Family of cancer survivors shows 74 'Vette at Cars for a Cure

Erinn Callahan
The Port Arthur News

GROVES — Michael Merideth is no stranger to cancer. His grandfather died after a bout with prostate cancer. His wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then, in 2011, Merideth was diagnosed with the same disease that claimed his grandfather’s life.

“I said, ‘It’s not going to happen to me,’” said Merideth, who lives in Beaumont.

And it didn’t. Merideth has had a clean bill of health for nearly two years now.

“I went to M.D. Anderson, and they fixed it right up,” he said.

But don’t think Merideth has forgotten that cancer is still a stark reality for some people. On Saturday, April 6, the Tri-City Corvette Club, of which Merideth is president, partnered with the Groves Gulf Credit Union, 5140 W. Parkway, in the second annual “Cars for the Cure” show.

“It’s a win-win for both of us,” Merideth said.

Participants were able to pay $15 to register, and then $10 for the width or $20 for the length of their car. Raffle tickets and lunch were also available. All proceeds benefitted Relay for Life, which the Gulf Credit Union will be participating in April 26 at Bulldog Stadium in Nederland.

This cause is also close to marketing director Sue Rogers, as she knows of several Credit Union employees who have been diagnosed with cancer.

“No matter where you are, or who you are, cancer will touch you in some way,” she said. “I can’t think of a better cause.”

Last year, 88 vehicles were registered at the car show. This year, there were 95. Rogers and Merideth estimated that this year’s event raised close to $2,000.

“They need every nickel you can give,” Merideth said. “If you can save one life, you’ve done a good job.”

“They’ve come a long way,” added Merideth’s wife, Kim. “But they’ve still got research to do.”

Kim has been cancer-free for five years now. In 2011, she and Merideth purchased a 1974 Stingray ? Merideth’s dream car ? as a survivor’s gift to each other. Neither of them has any intentions of encountering cancer again.

“That’s the plan, and we’re sticking to it,” Kim said.

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