The club has donated its car show proceeds to a different good cause for four years and decided to give the 2012 proceeds to St. Jude because one of its members, 14-year-old David Lamons, has been treated for leukemia at the St. Jude Tri-Cities Affiliate Clinic at Niswonger Children’s Hospital, which is one of only six St. Jude-affiliated hospitals in the country.
“We did it because of the personal connection, with David being treated here for more than a year,” said Trae Larkin, club president.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s mission is to advance the treatment and prevention of catastrophic diseases in children. No family ever pays St. Jude for treatment, so public contributions are crucial.
The club presented the check to Dr. Kathryn Klopfenstein, professor of pediatrics at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine and medical director at the St. Jude Tri-Cities Affiliate Clinic.
Vettes of the Smokies has about 50 members from Greeneville to Abingdon, Va., and meets monthly in Johnson City.