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‘Strangers’ support Channahon boy

Eighth Cruisin for Logan showcases 36 classic cars

If you organize it, they will come.

And people did come as the rain held off Saturday for the eighth annual Cruisin for Logan car show. This event captured the hearts of many as 36 cars were lined up at the Channahon United Methodist Church.

The Cruisin for Logan car show began when Logan Burgess was 3 years old. After Logan was tested for autism, his parents, Tom and Amie Burgess, found out that their insurance did not cover his therapy. On the brink of financial difficulties, Logan’s grandfather, “Papa Jim,” who is a car show enthusiast, thought about having a car show to raise money for Logan’s therapy.

Because the Burgesses’ insurance does not cover the costs of Logan’s therapy, all the money came out of their pockets. The donated raffle baskets, 50/50 raffle and car show entrance fees all help.

Forty baskets were donated by family, friends, co-workers and local businesses.

The baskets were placed on tables, and their contents ranged from designer purses to restaurant gift cards. Each basket had a number with a description of the items inside the basket. Despite the weather, there was still a good turnout for the event.

Sporting an autism awareness shirt along with a Spider-Man sweatshirt, Logan walked around the cars choosing his favorite. Every year Logan gets to choose his favorite car and present it with the “Logan’s Choice Award.” No one knows until the presentation which car Logan will choose. However, some of the car owners like to sway Logan by giving out beads or little cars, having him sit in the car or even having a helmet showing Bumblebee from the “Transformers” movies to sway his judgment.

No matter what car Logan chooses, everyone is there to support him.

When Logan was 3, he was unable to speak to show which car he liked. His parents watched Logan to see which car he revisited to indicate which one was his favorite. He was nonverbal until he was almost 5.

With his therapy, Logan now is verbal, and with his social groups, he loves to sing.

One couple have come to the car show every year since it began.

“We are here for Logan. I would have come today even if it rained,” Ellen Guinup said.

Don and Ellen Guinup of Joliet sat enjoying the weather Saturday, supporting Logan and his family.

“It’s not about the trophy. It’s for the support toward Logan,” Don Guinup said.

They plan to continue attending every year.

“Now, after eight years, a lot of the car guys we consider our friends and family. A thank you will never be enough for ‘strangers’ helping us to help Logan,” Amie Burgess said.

An account is set up through Chase Bank in Joliet for Logan’s medical fund. Anyone interested in donating can visit any Chase Bank and donate to Cruisin for Logan.

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