Share Your Story: Craig
Our friend and lung cancer advocate, Craig Neff, is the co-founder of the G.E.T. Fast Memorial Fund in memory of Guy Everett Tavel (G.E.T) to benefit lung cancer research through UALC. He shared his story:
Guy Everett Tavel loved life. Guy was diagnosed with lung cancer in the fall of 2010. He lost his battle to the disease on January 20, 2012. He was 60 years old. He especially liked fast cars and boats.
On land, his favorite car was a 1987 Buick Grand National, which he drove up until 2010. At sea, he piloted a 38' Wellcraft Scarab, powered by twin 454 supercharged Chevrolet big block engines.
"We built a track and show car. We had purchased a 2010 Nissan 370z and wanted to enhance the performance and appearance of the car. Our goal was to build the car into a capable track performer as well as a show car that would represent itself well in the import class.
Soon after starting work on the car, Guy Tavel lost his battle with lung cancer. At the time, we knew little about the disease beyond the normal information someone would know casually if they were not impacted by someone diagnosed. We were shocked to learn that very little advancement has been made in over fifty years to increase the five year life expectancy rate. The funding for research is dismal. We decided to start using the car as a marketing tool to increase awareness and fundraising for lung cancer.Because Guy loved fast things, and his initials were G.E.T. it was decided that G.E.T. Fast Memorial Fund would be an appropriate name.
We bring the car to special events and the race track to help bring awareness to our cause and the disease. In 2014, we will be campaigning the car in SCCA Solo SSM (Super Street Modified) class throughout the year, as well as NASA HPDE amateur events at various road racing circuits on the eastern coast. We selected number 60 for the car as it represents Guy’s age when he passed away.
Its our mission to raise awareness to the deficiencies in lung cancer research funding for this disease and finding a cure.
Without the incredible support of my wife Peggy Tavel Neff, and the selfless efforts of many, many other family members and friends, none of what we do would be possible. We thank each and everyone one of them for all the support we have had the last two years.”
Join the G.E.T. Fast Memorial Fund for their annual UALC Benefit Day Saturday, May 17, 2014 in Hinsdale, NY. There will be great food, an auction, live music, a horseshoe tournament, and much more! More info: http://goo.gl/hUrYfu
You can learn more about GFMF's lung cancer advocacy efforts by visiting their website here: www.gfmf.org.
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