Brookville car, bike show benefits Special Wish Foundation

Cruise the Gate Car and Bike show this Saturday to benefit Dayton’s A Special Wish Foundation. CONTRIBUTED.

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Cruise the Gate Car and Bike show this Saturday to benefit Dayton’s A Special Wish Foundation. CONTRIBUTED.

The fifth annual Cruise the Gate Car and Bike show is happening this weekend in Brookville. All proceeds will benefit Dayton’s A Special Wish Foundation.

Stefan and Jennifer Bridenbaugh started the show after their son Michael was diagnosed with leukemia.

The Bridenbaughs said that one night when their son was close to death’s doorstep, they turned on The Dukes of Hazzard, Michael’s favorite show. They said it was a good way to keep his spirits up.

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“I prayed to God to help him, and I turned and said ‘I will make you a promise,’ ” the father said. “If you can make it through the night and get better, I will buy you a General Lee.”

Michael turned in the right direction, and the Bridenbaughs’ prayers were answered. He was on the mend.

After a three-year battle, Michael began to recover, and with the help of other cancer survivors and relatives, Michael’s General Lee was found.

In the process of his recovery, Michael was given a Special Wish to go to Virginia to the 2011 Hazzard Homecoming. The family met and became friends with the cast of The Dukes of Hazzard.

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“We are now friends with many of them but mostly Ben Cooter Jones and Miss Alma Viator,” the father said.

The Bridenbaughs decided after a long and hard journey with their son, they wanted to give back to the Special Wish of Dayton, and this is how the Cruise the Gate Car and Bike Show started.

The family had a dream to make one more Special Wish trip and rest time for one more child with a life-threatening disease.

“We have helped sponsor five children, as of this year,” the Bridenbaughs said, “and raised over $16,000. We are truly paying it forward.”

This year’s show will have a special guest, Dorothy Best. She is the wife of James Best, who is known to Dukes of Hazzard fans as Roscoe P. Coltrane. She will sign autographs and bring some of her husband’s collectibles to sell and donate to the car show.

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The car show is a family friendly event with vendors, petting zoo for children and a large playground.

The car and bike show is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Golden Gate Park on Upper Lewisburg Salem Road.

All who wish to participate will pay $10 that will be donated to Dayton’s A Special Wish Foundation. It is free admission to spectators.

Visit the event's Facebook page or contact the Bridenbaughs at sbriden104@aol.com for more information.

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