TPAC set for Saturday

Published 10:38 am Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The 18th annual Trucker’s Parade against Cancer (TPAC) is set to take place Oct. 13 kicking off from Central Middle School in Charlotte Court House.

The parade will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and spectators are urged to line the streets along the route and support the truckers as they make their way through the route.

According to information provided by the organization, this year’s parade route will leave Randolph Henry High/ Central Middle School and follow route 40 to route 47, heading to Drakes Branch. The truckers will then take a left on highway 59 to Keysville. After reaching Keysville, the parade will take a right onto highway 40 and proceed down King Street.

The parade will go to a stop at Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC).

The annual event is held to help raise money for a cure for cancer, while being a great way to honor friends and family members in the community who have been impacted by the illness.

The event last boasted over 200 trucks participating in the parade, along with tractors and emergency vehicles.

At that time, Event Organizer Sheila Dodd Jones said around $62,000 was raised by participating truck companies purchasing banners at $250 each.

She said that total did not count the live and silent auctions held.

Additionally, Charlotte County Relay for Life Organizer Bonnie Gilliam said last year that the event had raised over $125,000 in the past two years.

This years event will feature an excess of 235 trucks, according to Jones. She said the organization really wanted spectators to watch and support the truckers because without the trucks, there would be no event.

In addition, Jones said she wanted the survivors to know they are not alone.

Within the last year, Jones said two dedicated TPAC team members Lealon Vassar and Daryl Bennett both passed away.

Vassar of Charlotte Court House, passed away Nov. 22, 2017, at the age of 74. Jones said he was a TPAC team member for many years and a big supporter.

Bennett passed away Aug. 24, at the age of 58 after a long fight with cancer.

Donations can be mailed to: TPAC, 471 Nollie Road, Phenix, VA 23959. Checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society.