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.
“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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.