Trucks to be touched for Relay for Life

There’s something about a big shiny truck that brings out the kid in, well, kids — of all ages. Cliches aside, there is an event this weekend that appeals to all those who love powerful engines, loud horns, huge tires and gleaming metal surfaces.

On Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the parking lot at Indian River High School will be full of all sorts of cool things with wheels, and just as the name of the event says, they will be ready for their close-up.

Not only is the event truckloads of fun, but it will also benefit a local group raising money for the fight against cancer.

A local Relay for Life group, Team MuuMuu, put together the Touch a Truck event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, organizer Brian Baull said. Trucks will come from the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department, from Perdue Farms, from Delaware Technical and Community College, from A.P. Croll and other places, Baull said. Even the “Eastern Shore Ghost Busters” will be on hand, in costume, with a specially tricked-out van.

This is the first year Team MuuMuu has held a Touch a Truck event, Baull said, and he is hoping it will be a success and will be repeated in years to come. “Come on out and have some fun,” he said.

Relay for Life holds a special place in Baull’s heart for very personal reasons. The team is named after his mother, Janet Baull, who died of lung cancer in 2014. “She wore them a lot,” he said of the iconic, Hawaii-inspired dresses. “Mom was a smoker,” he said, so her lung cancer diagnosis, though devastating, was not a shock.

That’s not the only reason he has gotten involved in the local Relay for Life efforts. In December 2017, Baull, who is Dagsboro’s mayor, was declared cancer-free after a diagnosis of stage three colon cancer rocked his world.

Baull endured surgery and 12 rounds of chemotherapy and expresses deep thankfulness that his cancer abated. Baull, who said there was no history of colon cancer in his family, now also has a cousin who has been diagnosed with stage four colon cancer.

He said he understands well the need that cancer patients have for help of all kinds, from research toward a cure to immediate needs such as rides to treatments and other medical appointments. This is the team’s biggest fundraiser yet, Baull said, aside from a movie night at the Clayton Theater in Dagsboro.

The Touch a Truck event will be held rain or shine “as long as it’s not thundering or anything,” Baull said. “I’m hoping for blue skies and nice, comfortable weather.

In addition to all the trucks and other things that go, there will be light snacks available. Raffles will be held for such items as tickets to a Dover Nascar event, movie tickets and restaurant gift cards. The first 200 children to enter will receive a free goody bag.

Baull said Relay for Life is still looking for more teams to participate in the June 1 events at Sussex Central High School. Also wanted, he said, are cancer survivors to come and take part in the Survivors’ Reception and Survivors’ Lap during the Relay for Life activities.

He suggested that anyone wanting to participate in Relay for Life in any way go to the Sussex County Relay for Life page on Facebook for more information.

The Touch a Truck event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Admission is $5 for children ages 2 to 12, and free for everyone else. Parking will be available in the high school parking lot; Baull suggested entering the school grounds at the main entrance and following signs.


By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter