Twenty years ago, John Deikis was an active member of the DVC, served on the board, and even edited T-Talk. After moving to Michigan, he remained involved in the T-Register’s Michigan Chapter and occasionally returned to the east coast for GOF’s or to race is red and white “works-replica” ’68 MG Midget.
John has entered his ’53 TD in the Rallye to Reno to raise money for CURE Childhood Cancer, an organization that supports cutting edge research, training and services directly for young patients and their families. CURE is a non-profit organization that has been repeatedly top-rated (Four Stars) by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator. Having undergone treatment himself for cancer of the larynx at the University of Michigan Cancer Center in 1998, John said that it was the site of the youngsters who shared the waiting room with him over the years that has stuck in his memory. When he learned how few cancer research dollars are devoted to the needs of dying kids, he decided to make his cross-country trip about more than just driving his TD.
John is asking DVC members to consider “sponsoring” him with a donation directly to CURE. You can do this at their website www.CUREChildhood.org identifying his campaign, or directly through the secure FirstGiving portal, found by following this shortcut: www.tinyURL.com/kidsCURE. John says if you look closely at the recent photo of his car, you can see that his DVC badge is still prominently displayed between the driving lights.
John has started a blog about his car preparations and intends to publish updates as he crosses the country in June. You can follow along at www.kidsCURE.blogspot.com.