Clay Bilyeu and his buddies held their annual Thunder on the Square show Sunday, Oct. 2 to help raise awareness and funds for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, Hospice of Southern Kentucky, and Alzheimer’s.
“It was a perfect day,” said Bilyeu. “Thanks to all those who helped make it a success.”
Bilyeu says they always try to do better each year and thanks to the many volunteers, sponsors, and community that goal is always reached. The group raised $20,089. Last year the effort raised $18,000.
There were 175 cars entered into the event, as well as tucks and motorcycles.
The auction did very well too. Brent Summers of Summers, Kirby and Sanders Funeral Home provided his talents as auctioneer for the day.
Bilyeu and a group of his tight-knit friends have partnered with JC Kirby to bring this revved up celebration to Logan County the past several years. Thousands of dollars have been collected for the JDRF through the support of many people in the community. In 2014 the group raised $10,700. That number keeps rising.
This year Bilyeu and his band of brothers and sisters decided to branch out and add two more worthwhile foundations to help raise funds for. Hospice of Southern Kentucky and Alzheimer’s.
“We love putting this event on each year,” said Bilyeu. “Not only are we able to get together with those who appreciate cars, trucks and motorcycles, but we are able to help others, which is the most important reason we do this. This could not be done without the many people who help out. They are my friends and they are just as much a part of this as I am.”
Thunder on the Square is a wrap up of the year when Bilyeu and his friends host Summer Nights, a smaller but similar event during the warmer months.
* Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition caused by the body’s inability to break down glucose (sugars) and store them properly. When an individual’s system is unable to efficiently process glucose, it will back up in the person’s bloodstream creating multiple health problems.
Over thirty thousand individuals will be diagnosed with diabetes this year alone. It is estimated that over one hundred and twenty million individuals worldwide have diabetes. It is further estimated that approximately five million individuals have diabetes that has yet to be diagnosed.
Type 1 Diabetes is called Juvenile Diabetes as the onset of it begins in childhood. Children diagnosed with juvenile diabetes are insulin dependent. Insulin is the hormone that enables our body to convert the food we eat into energy which is necessary to function normally. Current research indicates that juvenile diabetes is an auto-immune disorder, similar to other disorders such as; rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis. A small percentage of individuals may also develop thyroid conditions.
* Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
* The mission of Hospice of Southern Kentucky, Inc. is to provide support that enables the terminally ill to spend their final days in a pain-free and dignified home environment. Trained volunteers and paid professionals minister to the physical, psychological, spiritual, and social needs of the patients and their families.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.