10th Annual Cars & Qs For The Cause

 

Two-year-old Finn Wood’s favorite pastime are the playgrounds at Jones Bridge Park and in the Medlock Bridge subdivision where he lives with parents, Jenn and Joseph, and grandparents Bill and Debby Wood.   His infectious joy for life combined with his love for toy cars and trucks makes him the perfect ambassador for Cars & ‘Q for the Cause, a family-friendly car show and party hosted by Choate Construction in support of the Georgia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis  Foundation(CFF) on Saturday, May 4. 

 

Watching this busy, bright-eyed boy, you’d never guess that his most recent milestone is naming over seven medications and understanding when he needs them throughout his day.  Taking ownership of his health will be vital someday.   Finn was born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic lung disorder affecting about 30,000 in the U.S.   To thrive, his daily regimen includes medicines, vitamins, inhalers, nebulizer treatments, and a vest used twice a day to shake mucus out of his lungs. 

 

Despite these rigorous treatments, his mother Jenn finds time to squeeze favorite activities into his day including trips to the Forum, Avalon and Sunday services at Perimeter Church where his father Joseph works.   Also topping the Woods list is fundraising for CFF and sharing Finn’s story.  

 

“The one thing I want people to know about CF is that even when patients look well, there’s an unseen fight happening internally. It’s an invisible illness for most and can be hard to explain,” said Ms. Wood.    “There’s so much work that happens behind the scenes. A fight is happening daily.” 

 

Finn may be too young to understand his official role as ambassador at the 10th annual Cars & ‘Q for the Cause, but he was old enough to enjoy the attention when key event organizers with Choate Construction met him recently to promote their 10th anniversary. 

 

 “This will be our first year participating in Cars & ‘Q, and we’re so excited,” said Jenn who will share Finn’s story with the 1,200-plus event attendees.  “This is so important in our fight for the cure!”

 

Cars & ‘Q for the Cause has grown by leaps and bounds in its 10-year history, and now tops 1,200 guests enjoying 120-plus stellar cars; a generous spread of BBQ from Jim ‘n Nicks; continuous pours from local craft breweries Lagunitas, Gate City, Pontoon, and Eventide; silent auction items; live music and more.  Last year alone, Cars & ‘Q raised a record-breaking $435,433 for the CF Foundation and is on the threshold of raising over $1,500,000 to fund a cure for cystic fibrosis.  

 

Since discovering the defective gene 30 years ago, scientists have made giant steps to cure cystic fibrosis. The greatest warrior in the fight is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) who has funded research and drug discovery including a new medication called Orkambi that Finn takes daily to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis.  The CFF is also backing two promising drugs in Phase 3 clinical trials that have the potential to help 90 percent of the CF population by the end of this year.    

 

“Our hope for Finn is that he never lets cystic fibrosis define him or get in the way of his dreams,” concluded Wood.  “CF is part of him but not the whole. He was created with a purpose.” 

 

 Advance tickets to Cars & ‘Q include dinner and range from $20 to $40 with access to the bar.  Tickets rise to $30 and $50 on April 26.  Children under 8 are free, and parking is complimentary.  8200 Roberts Drive,  CarsNQ.com