Four years after Crohn's disease took his brother, an Upper Arlington man continues to raise awareness about the condition and raise money to fight it.
May 27 will mark the third time Mike Young has organized a car show to support the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Central Ohio chapter.
This year, he's hoping to reach the 100-vehicle milestone, and he's calling on anyone who has a "cool" car or truck -- ranging from vintage and collectible to muscle, European or domestic -- to bring it to the Jim Young Memorial Car Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 27 at the Giant Eagle Grandview Yard Market District, 840 W. Third Ave., Grandview Heights.
"Last year, I wanted to get 100 cars," Young said. "It was supposed to rain and a lot of people came and donated, but they didn't all bring their cars.
"I got 65 last year. I'm hoping it will be bigger this year and we get to 100 cars," he said.
Owner of Motorkars Inc., Young started the car show both to honor his brother and to fight Crohn's and colitis.
Young's older brother, Jim, an Upper Arlington High School graduate, died at age 63 from Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease.
The brothers' father also battled ulcerative colitis, a chronic disease that inflames the colon, throughout his life.
Young said Jim, his older brother, inspired his own love for vehicles, which has been lifelong, and has driven his 43-year business at 1020 King Ave.
So it was only natural Young chose a car show to keep Jim's memory alive and to combat Crohn's and colitis.
"My brother suffered from the time he was in high school until the time he was 63 years old," Young said. "It afflicts people in different ways, and it's not something that's easily discussed. Most people suffer in silence."
There's no entry fee to bring a vehicle to the Jim Young Memorial Car Show and admission is free.
Young hopes the show can raise the profile of the disease and those who struggle with it, while raising money for research toward a cure.
"I don't charge an entry fee," Young said. "We hope people will consider making a donation, whatever they're comfortable with.
"One hundred percent of what we accept goes to the (Crohn's & Colitis) Foundation."
In addition to hot rods, vintage vehicles and other "cool" rides," the event promises daylong entertainment for people of all ages.
The Revelators, a Columbus band that frequently performs at events to support cancer research and other charities, will perform, and there will be raffles and a 50/50 drawing.
Children's activities will include a sandbox, a playground, a scavenger hunt and a chance to paint a Volkswagen Beetle.
"Even the adults can paint the Beetle," Young said.
Free baked goods and bottled water will be available, and Giant Eagle will host a pig roast on the patio and sell $5 sandwiches.
"It's in memory of Jim, but it's also to bring some recognition to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation," Young said. "We've been trying to bring awareness to the disease.
"I hope we'll be able to find a cure in my lifetime."