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Truckers Parade Against Cancer in Charlotte County

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Reporter: Lauren Compton l Daniel Heffner

Charlotte Co.,VA - A hundred loud big rigs rolled through Charlotte County on Saturday, but residents there didn't mind. The trucks paraded though the county to raise money for cancer research.

Trucks from all over state, and as far as Florida lined up, and drivers loaded up to parade against cancer.

"I feel like a king honestly, but I know deep down in my heart I'm helping someone," said Sammy Hatcher, a driver in the trucker parade.

Each truck carries the names of a cancer survivor, those who lost their lives to the disease , and those still battling it.

"We want them to know they're not alone in their fight," said Sheila Jones, organizer of the ‘‘Trucker's Parade Against Cancer'.

It's a fight organizer Jones knows all too well. She started the ‘Trucker's Parade Against Cancer' in her honor of her mother who died from the disease. She's amazed 10 years later 100 truckers are participating, the most in the parade's history.

"It shows people how widespread this disease is," said Jones.

Honking, and cheering along the way, the trucks will travel 40 miles through Charlotte County.

And, for spectators watching the trucks go by seeing the names on the trucks it's a humble reminder of the lives lost and the fight to find a cure."

"My grandmother's Gene Rutledge her name is on truck, this is the tenth year we've had her name on the truck. She had ovarian cancer," said Shannon Rutledge.

It's a sinking feeling for her and the many other family members watching their loved ones memory honored on these trucks , but moving to know it's helping to raise money for a cure.

 All of the money raised will go to the American Cancer Society. And, if they reach there goal of $40,000 this year, the Trucker's parade will have raised over $344,000 for the American Cancer Society in past ten years.

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