EAST AMHERST, NY- If you're looking for something to do this weekend, you might want to check out a car and bike show in East Amherst. It's not just any car show. It's in memory of a brave girl who lost her battle to cancer years ago, but whose legacy continues to live on today.
Not a day goes by that Mike and Nancy Redenbach don't think about their beloved daughter Meghan. 2 On Your Side first met the Royalton-Hartland 8th grader back in early 2009 when she was bravely battling a rare form of ovarian cancer. Meghan had fibrocarcoma of the ovaries, a disease that only affected 30 other people in the world and just two children.
Despite several surgeries, months of chemo, and treatment that prevented her from doing what she truly loved- playing sports- Meghan stayed positive. Her motto? Man up.
"We were breaking down a lot and we didn't want to show her that we were feeling sorry. Her attitude and her drive I think was a lot of what caught so many people's attention," said Meghan's father, Mike.
But on Christmas Eve, 2010, after a brave two year long fight with the disease, 15-year-old Meghan lost her battle. Her parents turned their pain into a purpose.
"She always said that she didn't want to be remembered for having cancer. She wanted to make a difference and help other people, the same way that people were helping her," said Mike.
This weekend is the 3rd Annual "Man Up Car & Bike Show" at the East Amherst Fire Hall. It's scheduled for Saturday, July 20, with a rain date of Sunday. Meghan used to always go to car shows with her dad so that's why this is event is so special to the family.
To date their efforts have raised more than $22,000 for Charities near and dear to their hearts including Make-A-Wish, Carly's Club, and a scholarship for Roy-Hart students in Meghan's name. With those funds the family has donated iPads to every child in the pediatric ward at Roswell, and mini-fridges for every pediatric room there as well.
"We're trying to keep her memory alive and what she has done alive. And yet we're trying to help other children that are battling," said Mike. "Whatever we can do to help others it actually helps us to get through it. But Meghan's drive was unbelievable and I just hope that we can keep up with her standards with how she used to pull forward."
For more information, see the attached flyer. For information about a potential rain delay, check their Facebook page.