Dave Chalek of Bellevue, Nebraska, brought out his lime green 1970 Camaro rally sport for his Wheels of Courage debut on Saturday at Quaker Steak and Lube on 23rd Avenue in Council Bluffs.

“I thought I’d come out,” he said. “And for a good cause — why not?”

A good cause indeed.

The fourth annual Wheels of Courage classic car show attracted about 200 vehicle entries, according to event organizer Jeremy Noel.

Proceeds from the show’s entry fees, sponsorships, silent auction and live auction benefit the Jennie Edmundson Foundation’s Charitable Patient Care Fund. Tara Slevin with Jennie Ed explained the fund supports cancer patients in a variety of ways, from treatment and medication to non-medical costs like transportation and everyday living expenses.

“This is turning into a great event,” he said, noting he hoped it would attract a lot of attention when created but wasn’t sure how the reception would be.

“We have a great team,” he added about event volunteers.

The buzz of car talk filled the air at the event, with the parking lot full of classic vehicles. Men and women chatted while standing over open hoods, while a spate of light rain led many owners to reach for a shammy.

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“This is what I like; anything with rubber wheels on it,” said James Crapo, a Wheels of Courage volunteer there with his blue 1972 Dodge Charger. “It’s a fun show.”

Every year, the fund helps uninsured or underinsured cancer patients with utility assistance, grocery gift cards and gas gift cards to help offset the cost of expenses such as travel to and from treatment appointments.

“By bridging some of the gaps that occur when families face the unexpected costs of a cancer diagnosis and by eliminating potential obstacles to receiving care, the charitable cancer patient fund allows patients to concentrate on doing all they can to overcome the disease,” Slevin has said in the past.

We commend the Wheels of Courage volunteers for their efforts to help the Jennie Edmundson Foundation’s Charitable Patient Care Fund. And we commend the community for coming out in full force to support the event.

That work and support will help countless people as they battle cancer.

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