Radio Flyer

Garin Owens and Scott Bryant custom built a child’s Radio Flyer that will be auctioned off during the Cruising for St. Jude, Kingstree Car Show, June 15, at the train depot in Kingstree.  

Photo by Michaele Duke

When Jeremy Morris saw the children on the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital commercial, his heart went out to them. Morris, who is a Kingstree Fire Department firefighter, would remember the plight of local child, Hunter Mathews, who lost his battle with inoperable brain cancer in 2016. “Hunter had terminal cancer and we made him a member here,” said Morris. “He was trying to get to St. Jude at the time.”

Morris contacted the organization for help and they sent him a packet to get started.

He came up with Cruising for St. Jude Kingstree Car Show. The idea seemed fitting, being a car buff himself. “That’s what I know how to do,” said Morris who heads the car show during Kingstree’s annual Pig Pickin’ Festival. “Usually the car family, they like to give. If they can help, they help and I figured that would be a good turnout.” He said local businesses have provided financial help and others are designing the trophies.

The car show will be held June 15, at the Kingstree Depot at 101 East Main Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. But it’s not just about cool cars. “We have a guy that’s building us a custom wagon,” he said “It’s a Radio Flyer and he put a stainless steel frame on it with mag wheels, and rubber tires and got it lowered.” The designers invested nearly $1,000 in unique accessories for the hot rod wagon, such as go-cart racing wheels and a low-ride chrome chassis.

Morris said they plan to auction off the unique wagon. The fundraiser will also have a silent auction and the “What’s Left” band is scheduled to play beginning at 12 p.m. Chicken pilau and BBQ chicken plates will be available for purchase.

Admission is free. Morris said 100% of funds raised will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For information on how to enter a car and help with the cause call Morris at (843) 372-1115 or visit the Facebook page at Cruising for St. Jude Kingstree Car Show.