The 16th Annual Truckers Parade Against Cancer drew more than 100 trucks in Virginia’s Carroll and Grayson counties, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society on behalf of Relay For Life. Truckers are also gearing up for a Charlottesville County event scheduled for Oct. 8.
“This is the first year with over 100 trucks for us. That’s been our goal for the last three years. I just wanted to send a big thank you to so many who helped make the Truckers Parade Against Cancer such a success this year. This year we had 106 trucks in the parade and we have donated a total of $19,105 to the American Cancer Society,” event organizer Cindy Dixon reportedly said. “First this event could never happen if it was not for the truckers, companies, and sponsors who came together to create the Convoy of Trucks. Next, are all our volunteers who work this event, they are the team members of our Relay For Life Teams and (volunteer) Sheila Phillips.”
The Twin County parade included l06 semis and a pair of flatbeds on Sept.17 that relies on local law enforcement to handle traffic flow and crowd control. Supporting agencies included the Hillsville Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Galax Police Department, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, and Independence Police Departments. Dixon also noted that the Grover King VFW Post 1115 supported the fundraising event by allowing parade participants to use their grounds.
Dixon pointed out that truckers have been a consistent fixture over the years, with some participating for 15 straight. The annual event has also developed traditions, such as the Walking Stick Presentation. A walking stick was given to drivers who trekked from Wytheville Community College in Galax and have been an ongoing presence since the parade’s inception.
“This event is to raise funds to help find a cure and treatments for cancer. We donate through our Relay for Life of the Twin Counties to the American Cancer Society. I think the people who watch the parade enjoyed seeing the pretty trucks this year. It was not just the work trucks. Some were wrapped,” Dixon reportedly said. It’s all about honoring. We want to again thank those who sponsored banners. Sometimes they say, ‘Hey, I lost a friend.’ Just paying them that honor….a banner in their honor or memory is important to the families sponsoring these trucks.”
Charlottesville Truckers Parade Against Cancer
The 21st Truckers Parade Against Cancer is scheduled to begin Saturday, Oct. 8, at 3:30 pm. The parade is expected to weave its way from Charlotte Court House through Drakes Branch and Keysville. Large crowds are anticipated and truckers are a focal point of the event that raises money for the American Cancer Society. For more information, visit the Truckers Parade.