3rd Annual Touch-A-Truck San Diego Raises Money for Important Childhood Cancer Research and Treatments

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The June 4 event brings together the coolest vehicles and their operators, and gives children the chance to climb aboard, explore, and experience the vehicles like they never have before. 100% of the money raised goes directly to support cutting-edge research and clinical trials for childhood cancer

Max's Ring of Fire (http://www.MaxsRingOfFire.org) is gearing up to bring back its annual Touch-A-Truck fundraiser, from 10AM – 3PM on June 4, 2011 at Torrey Pines High School. As always, 100% of the money raised goes directly to support cutting-edge research and clinical trials for childhood cancer.

Touch-A-Truck San Diego brings together the coolest vehicles and their operators, and gives children the chance to climb aboard, explore, and experience the vehicles like they never have before! Past events have included police cars, construction rigs, race cars, military equipment and the ever-popular trash truck just to name a few!

In addition, there will be a raffle with great prizes such as a Nintendo DSi game system + games, iPods, Del Mar Lifeguard party, annual unlimited parking pass for City of Del Mar, passes to Balboa Park museums and attractions, Hornblower cruise for 2, restaurant gift certificate and tons of toys, books and other fun stuff just for kids.

Not to be missed will be face-painting, high performance radio-control car racing, robot competition, and a free concert by Hulabaloo and Jerry “Hot Rod” DeMink!

Tasty treats will be provided by Brett’s BBQ, Tabe BBQ, Food Junkies, and Chop Soo.ey – all served from food trucks!

The result? Lots of smiles and family-oriented-fun for only $5 per person.

The purpose of this event is to raise awareness and funds for research and treatment of childhood cancer through the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium (NMTRC), a research and clinical trials consortium that as of May 1 will be housed within the Pediatric Oncology Research Program at the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with clinical sites in San Diego and ten other hospitals around the country, including the National Cancer Center in Bethesda. The NMTRC recently completed a first-of-its-kind personalized medicine pilot trial in pediatric oncology, and is about to introduce a Phase I study based on the successful pilot.

Touch-A-Truck San Diego is inspired by the life of young Max Mikulak, who at the age of three was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma – a common yet difficult to treat childhood cancer. After a long, courageous battle, Max passed away at the tender age of seven. His journey has been chronicled in the family’s blog at MaxMikulak.com and through a photojournalism project in collaboration with award-winning family photographer Deb Schwedhelm at MashedPotatoesForBreakfast.com.

Max's parents, Andy and Melissa, have vowed to celebrate his life and honor the gift of childhood by doing all they can to raise funds and inform people about childhood cancer – which kills more children than AIDs, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined. “Max loved trucks and machines of every kind, and he would have loved this event!” explains Max’s mom. “That's what keeps us working hard to bring it back every year.”

Max's Ring of Fire is a non-profit organization that operates with a 100% volunteer, unpaid staff. Sponsors of Touch A Truck include Mauzy Heating and Air Conditioning, Aspire IRB, Semantic Research, Athena Capital Management, and School House Realty. In-kind sponsors include PixelMack Visual and Creative Studio and Sign-O-Rama. This allows all funds to go directly to the support of much needed research and treatments for childhood cancer.

For more information about this event and other ways to get involved go to http://www.MaxsRingOfFire.org or http://www.TouchATruckSD.com

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