Support Flows in for Lawrence County Patient Services 18th Annual Car, Truck, Bike, And Tractor Show

(BEDFORD) – The 18th Annual Car, Truck, Bike, and Tractor Show was well attended with several business and organizations across Lawrence County supporting the fundraiser.

The event took place at Bedford Ford Lincoln Chrysler, south of the White River Bridge on State Road 37, south of Bedford. The members of La-Or-Ma Shrine cooked burgers and hot dogs. A ‘Dunk Your Favorite Person’ dunking booth was held, and nearly 200 vehicles were registered for the event.

At Noon, a flag-raising took place with members of American Legion Post 33, Lawrence County Vietnam Veterans Group, and the La-Or-Ma Shrine.

La-Or-Ma Shrine members cook hamburgers and hot dogs at Saturday’s Lawrence County Patient Services 18th Annual Car,Truck, Bike and Tractor Show

Joanna Cobb sang the National Anthem. Following the National Anthem Colonel John W. Tilford gave a heartfelt speech on the Vietnam War.

A silent auction and a vehicle owned by Chase Briscoe was auctioned off.

The Lawrence County Patient Services got started when a woman stipulated that part of her estate was to help cancer patients in Lawrence County in the early 1980s. Wanda Starr was a local individual who also wanted to see that mission. Therefore, a 501(c) 3 organization was formed to make sure all money stayed local, according to Tina Ligman one of the original founders of the organization.

Last year, the organization helped more than 140 patients, and $76,000 was spent to make sure the needs of local cancer patients were met.

According to Ligman, the Organization helps in the following areas:

  • Making sure patients have a way to their chemo and radiation treatments. This is done a variety of ways including gas cards, paying for bus passes or having volunteer drivers transport the patients to and from their appointments.
  • Each patient that is diagnosed with cancer at IU Health Cancer Center is given a comfort kit when they first come in. Wigs, turbines, and other support items are given to patients.
  • When patients lose their appetites officials make sure Ensure and Boost drinks are provided to the patient.

“We are thankful for the support the local community has given our organization,” said Judy Heichelbech.  

More and more patients are being diagnosed with cancer and the demand for services has increased. You can support Lawrence County Patient Services all year round.

This event is one of the main fundraisers of the organization.

Any church or organization who would like for a member to speak at one of their meetings can contact Judy Heichelbech.