Trucker’s parade honors loved ones

Published 10:26 am Thursday, October 17, 2019

The 19th annual Trucker’s Parade Against Cancer (TPAC) featuring around 250 trucks was held on Saturday, Oct. 12, to raise funds in the fight against cancer. According to Co-Founder and team member Shelia Jones, as of Tuesday, the amounts raised were still being tallied.

Over the past 18 years, this event has raised over $1 million for the fight against cancer.
“We have a wonderful group of local truckers and trucking companies that have donated so much time and money to help find a cure for cancer and to show local survivors that they are not alone in their fight, and our truckers strive never to let the memories of the ones lost be forgotten,” said Jones. “We are very appreciative of the support from the truckers, the sponsors, and the spectators who come out each year.”

Each truck carries a banner in honor of, or in memory of, someone who has been affected by this disease, and according to Jones this year,  there were 296 banners displayed.

Sarah Pugh Vaughan, who has been attending the Trucker’s Parade since its beginning in 2000, said, “this event is so special to me because it brings our entire community together to help raise money for a great cause.”

Tim and Amanda Hurt, who have been attending the parade for several years, say that Cancer awareness and support for the families that have lost loved ones and for the ones that are still fighting are important to them. “We have family that have driven in the parade and that have lost the fight,” said Amanda.

“It is hard to explain the feeling in the air when you witness just how many lives have been touched by this disease,” explained Jones.