$20k raised for melanoma research through Limestone City Car Classic

Dr. Tara Baetz, Oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, with David Dick and Brian Beatty, organizers of the Limestone City Car Classic. Photo via UHKF.

Earlier this month, more than 500 cars were on display at Lake Ontario Park for the Limestone City Car Classic event. On Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, a cheque for $20,000 was presented to University Hospital Kingston Foundation from the Limestone City Car Club.

After a two-year hiatus, almost every era of automobile was on display at the 8th annual event on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. The Car Classic was first organized by Brian Beatty and David Dick in September 2013 in memory of Brian’s daughter Melonie who passed away from melanoma at the age of 35. Every year funds are raised for melanoma research, with the 2019 event bringing in $14,000.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, melanoma is “the least common, but most serious, type of skin cancer,” which occurs most commonly on the back and legs. In 2019, an estimated 7,800 Canadians were diagnosed with melanoma and it was estimated that 1,300 Canadians would die from it that year alone. Melanoma accounts for about 3.8 per cent of new cancer cases and 1.9 per cent of all cancer deaths in men, and 3.3 per cent of new cancer cases and 1.2 per cent of all cancer deaths in women, Public Health data states — 1 in 42 men and 1 in 56 women is expected to develop melanoma during their lifetime; 1 in 219 men, and 1 in 402 women, will die of it.

The small but mighty committee here in Kingston has raised almost $65,000 through their past seven events for the Melanoma Clinic at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. This year, the Limestone City Car Classic raised $20,000.

Read more about the Limestone City Car Classic on their website.

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