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Editor's Voice: The Cruise-in is so much more than cars and bikes

Posted 6/4/13

A great tradition at Kuppy’s Cruise-in, the car and motorcycle show held on Middletown’s streets every year to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund, is that the crowd gets to meet the show’s honoree – the child battling cancer, if he or …

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Editor's Voice: The Cruise-in is so much more than cars and bikes

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They stand on Brown Street, in front of a makeshift stage, amid the political turmoil that too often engulfs and paralyzes the town, and tell their story. This year, we met the Murphys of Londonderry Twp., whose son, David, is battling leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells.

Thanks to chemotherapy – at times, very aggressive chemotherapy – at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, David, a 12-year-old student at Lower Dauphin Middle School, is beating the disease. His family seemed sincerely grateful to the Four Diamonds Fund, which has helped them afford David’s treatment, the organizers of the Cruise-in, the vehicle owners who participated and the crowd.

“Whatever they raise today is going to an incredible cause,’’ Ed Murphy, David’s father, told the crowd at the May 30 show.

The Cruise-in drew a record number of entries – 138 vehicles – and, like similar events in town, drew people to the downtown business district, helping merchants. Middletown should embrace such efforts as an opportunity to promote itself, and boost the businesses that are trying to make a go of it downtown.

Even better: The Cruise-in raised more than $11,000, with donations still coming in. That’s money that helps families like the Murphys. If you met them, that would make you feel especially good.

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