Caden's Car Show highlights importance of organ donation

(WXYZ) - For the second year in a row, Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor is hosting Caden's Car Show. The event not only gives young hospital patients a break from their stay, it also highlights the importance of organ donation.

Caden Bowles had a huge love of cars. He was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and received a heart transplant at just six weeks old. At age seven, he was diagnosed with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease, a type of cancer that can be a side effect from taking immunosuppressant drugs. Caden beat cancer, but at age ten, his heart began to fail. His wait for a new donor took long, and he passed away at age 11. 

In his memory, people from all over the country have joined Team Caden to honor his memory by making a difference. Their goals are simple:

  • Use the magic of cars to create extraordinary experiences for sick children.
  • Increase awareness of the need for organ donation.
  • Increase investment in congenital heart research and pediatric heart transplants.

Today's car show is open to a limited number of people. Tickets must be purchased in advance. They are $10 per person, and limited to six people per family. Kids 2 and under are free, but must have a ticket. A printed copy of all tickets are required. Parking is $2.

Click here to learn more about organ donation.

Click here to donate to congenital heart research in Caden's honor.

 

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