Each September she's a familiar sight at the Orange County Fairgrounds, whizzing by in a golf cart saturated in patriotic bling, while inspecting men's arms for a telltale bandage or cotton ball.
For Orange County resident and Cruisin' for a Cure founder Debbie Baker, the annual (and wildly popular) car show serves two purposes: entertainment and prevention. Her mission is to ensure that every man of "a certain age" who attends the event is tested for prostate cancer — via a simple, free blood test; not the probing digital test that most men abhor.
While not related to Baker, I have a father and a grandfather who are both prostate cancer survivors, and who attend the event each year to have their group photo taken with other survivors. It's a moment of pride and solidarity for them, at one of the world's largest custom, hot rod and specialty car shows for charity. All proceeds benefit the City of Hope's prostate cancer program.