SAUGUS — More than 250 classic cars will roll into Fuddruckers on Route 1 next weekend to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
The fifth annual car show will be from 4-8 p.m. on July 14. It is hosted by Moms Cancer Fighting Angels, a team that participates in Relay for Life, which honors cancer survivors and remembers those who have died from the disease, while also raising money for the American Cancer Society.
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.
Moms Cancer Fighting Angels organized the car show to finish off a year of fundraising for the run. Guy Moley of Lynn and his family created the team in honor of his mother, Irene Comeau, who died a decade ago from esophageal cancer.
The Moley and Comeau families began with one fundraiser at The Dockside Restaurant in Malden nine years ago. Their efforts later grew to include a car show at Fuddruckers that draws about 300 antique and classic cars and a long line of spectators. This event is the big money maker — it typically rakes in $2,000 to $3,000. A Touch a Truck event in June brought in $2,100, and an ugly sweater dinner party in the spirit of Christmas brought it more than $1,000.
“It’s gotten bigger and better every year and to the point that it has become something people look forward to in the area,” said Moley. “People come up to us and say they can’t wait for our events.”
This means a lot to the family, especially because it is in his mother’s name.
“I’m very proud of my team and the accomplishments we’ve (had),” said Moley. “It means a lot that we were able to pull this together. We’re a six member team — we’re like the little engine that could.”
To show appreciation for those who have supported the team over the years, the family will honor Saugus Police Officer Tim Fawcett and his K-9 partner Bruin, who died earlier this year.
“Officer Fawcett and Bruin were at last year’s Touch a Truck and did a demonstration that was very well received,” said Moley. “He was scheduled to do it again this year but Bruin passed away of cancer.”
An award will be presented to Fawcett and his family.
There will also be raffles, music and a demonstration by the Lynn English JROTC.