On July 31st at the Calvert County Fairgrounds, the non-profit charity organization Always Fighting for Kayla hosted their 3rd Annual Car and Bike Show!
In Honor of Kayla who lost her life too soon to cancer, her family changed the name of their organization “Fighting for Kayla” to “Always Fighting for Kayla” and established a Non-Profit Organization for other children battling cancer. Their goal is to raise funds through various events and donations to help families in Southern Maryland that have a child battling cancer meet day to day financial needs—such as medical costs, gas, food vouchers, hotels, and rent. In addition to helping with daily expenses Always Fighting for Kayla also helps with funeral costs nationwide.
Kayla lost her battle on October 5, 2013 at 7:31am as she went peacefully in her mother’s arms. “Kayla had a huge heart and always wanted to help. I know Kayla would be very proud to know her legacy lives on as we help alleviate the financial burdens of other pediatric cancer families.” – Kayla’s mother, Kathy
The Car and Bike Show had about 100 entries with vehicles of all makes, models, colors and years. Trophies were given for the Top 25 Cars and Top 10 Bikes. Denny, a spectator at the car show said he was very interested in the restoration of old cars and car shows. “I heard about this on Facebook and came for the cars but also wanted to support such a good cause.”
This family-friendly event had games, moon bounces, face painting and special performances by the Phillip Parson Band and the Sam Grow Band.
Kayla’s family confirmed that Sam Grow was Kayla’s favorite artist and she was his biggest fan.
Kayla’s aunt Heather said “Sam Grow has been there for Kayla since she was 10 years old. He was Kayla’s favorite artist and he found out about her story and has always helped out ever since. If we need to raise money for a family, he doesn’t mind doing a show to help fundraise for families in need. He draws a big crowd too so it’s always a good time. He truly is amazing for all that he does with us.”
Percy, Kayla’s grandfather, said giving back was a way of life. “I always tried to help someone when I could. I do believe it is engrained to do so throughout our family. We turned our organization into something that could help others the same way the community was there for Kayla.”
If you would like to make a difference in the lives of families battling pediatric cancer please consider making a tax deductible donation. Checks can be made payable to Always Fighting for Kayla and mailed to: P.O. Box 645 Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. Check out Always Fighting for Kayla on Facebook to learn about upcoming events and how you can make a difference in someone’s life. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlwaysFightingForKayla.
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Chanel Underwood / Calvert Beacon Intern