Friends honor the memory of a Saugus cancer-research volunteer who died from cancer

SAUGUS — A man who died from cancer while raising money for cancer research will be honored at a car show on Sunday.

Jim Perry joined Mom’s Cancer Fighting Angels, a group of family and friends raising money for the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life, shortly after finding out that he was fighting lung cancer.

During the Relay for Life event, participants join a fundraising team and camp out overnight at the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School in Wakefield. For 24 hours, a member of each team continuously runs around a track to symbolize that cancer never sleeps.

Guy Moley of Lynn and his family created the Mom’s Cancer Fighting Angels team in honor of his mother, Irene Comeau, who died a decade ago from esophageal cancer. Each year, they raise money for the American Cancer Society and honor Comeau’s memory through a series of fundraisers, which ultimately lead to the Relay for Life.

This year, their annual car show is being held after the relay and will honor Perry, who died just two days before the June 15 relay. The team has until Aug. 30 to present the money, and hopes to raise $4,000 with this final fundraiser.

Perry’s wife Maryann and children Alex and Diane will choose their favorite car to take a photo with and will be presented with a memorial trophy in his honor.

The classic and antique car show will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Fuddruckers. Entry is free, but donations to the cause are encouraged. This year, there will be several replicas of iconic cars from movies and tv shows, including “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Starsky and Hutch,” and “Knight Rider.”

Children will be allowed to draw on a chalkboard car owned by DJ Fahonda, and Fuddruckers will donate 20 percent of sales.

Baskets filled with Harley Davidson items, Celtics drinking glasses, and summer gear will be raffled off, and there will be a 50/50 raffle.


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