2018 Big Spring High School Graduate Private Eric Stinson was diagnosed Stage 4 Bone Cancer less than 2 weeks after beginning basic training. While his family continues to be by his side during treatment and constant commuting between hospitals in San Antonio and Houston, it’s taking a toll on them financially and they’re dependent on donations to help them cover traveling expenses. Fortunately, Eric’s Steer Family is coming together to raise money for the family.
The Private Stinson Benefit Car Show is being organized by Christina Rodriguez, a member of the T.E.I. Car Club based out of Odessa that uses car shows to raise money for people in need and mother of a son who graduated with Eric.
"It just really touched my heart to see someone that young going through something like this," said Christina. "You kinda relate it to yourself because my son is his age and I put myself in their shoes, like, what if that was me? What would I want? I would want someone to reach out and help me."
The event will be held this Sunday, August 19th, at the Credit World parking lot located at 1611 S. Gregg in Big Spring. Entry fee will be $20 and registration begins at 10 AM. Awards will be given to the Top 20 and a Best of Show Award with ceremonies at 3 PM.
Melissa Miller, current Big Spring ISD Board Member, also has a son who grew close to Eric during their time in Cross Country together. She told KBest News that they’ve been able to put together other fundraisers, but this Car Show is the first one that the community will be able to come out and really show their support for Eric whether it’s entering a car, coming out to vote, or just buying something to eat.
The food vendors at the event will be La Parilla and Fruitful Creations. A portion of the money from the food sales will be donated to help the Stinson family.