Mother, daughter show gratitude for MDA
CHAMPAIGN — The Muscular Dystrophy Association has been there for Vicki Wilborn and her daughter, Carri, so mother and daughter continue to give back.
For the seventh time, they'll be holding their annual MDA benefit car show called Crusin' Towards Cures for Campers next month, and they're seeking entrants and sponsors, said Wilborn of Urbana.
This year's car show will be held at 9 a.m. June 15 in the Hooters and Hardees parking lots in the 1700 block of South Neil Street, Champaign.
The first 100 participants will get a grab bag. Judging for 18 classes and eight specialty awards will begin at noon, and there will also be drawings for raffle prizes each hour, a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing.
The car show is a qualifying event for the "Best of the Best" show in Brighton, and awards and invitations to "Best of the Best" will be given out at about 3 p.m., Wilborn said.
Her 24-year-old daughter Carri, who now lives in Clifton, was diagnosed at 3 with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. A neurological disorder, it causes muscle weakness and atrophy, along with some sensation loss in feet, lower legs, hands and the forearms, according to the MDA.
Carri is able to walk and get around with the help of leg braces, and even go horseback riding, but needs future surgeries, her mother said.
The MDA has helped a lot over the years with specialist referrals, free clinics and free camp summer camps that Carri went to from ages 11-18, Wilborn said.
These camp sessions help kids express their fears and know they're not alone and provided Carri with lifelong friends, Wilborn said.
Her daughter will be at the car show, but in a wheelchair that day, since it is "way, way too much" for her to get around for the entire event, she said.
Many participants enjoy catching up with Carri at these annual car shows and it typically draws several hundred people who see it and drop in, Wilborn said.
The public is invited to the car show, which is admission-free.
"Everybody come out. It's for a great cause," Wilborn urges.
Right now, the event needd more sponsors if it's going to meet its fundraising goal for the MDA this year, she said. The goal is to raise $5,000, twice what the event brought in last year, she said.
All profits go the Central Illinois Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Hooters is also donating 10 percent of its sales that day, through 5 p.m., to the MDA. So people can support the cause by going to the car show and stopping by that restaurant for lunch, Wilborn said.
The nonprofit MDA sponsors research for treatments and cures of neuromuscular diseases, and provides health care, support services, advocacy and education.
More information, including how to register or become a sponsor, is available online: http://www.mdabenefitshow.com/home.