DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - After losing their son to a rare disease in 2001, the Cook family founded a non-profit organization benefiting families with critically ill children.
The organization Jonathan's Ark, named after the Jonathan Cook, who passed away from lymphangioma, held its first annual 'Touch-A-Truck' car show for kids.
More than 200 children and their families showed up to Southern Pines Regional Park in Dublin to see: fire trucks, military trucks, ambulance vehicles, mail carriers and monster trucks.
Co-founder of Jonathan's Ark Robin Cook says the event promotes childhood cancer month, and ultimately raises money for families in need.
"These families are hurting, and we're trying to help them out. It's a big financial burden when they have a serious illness going on with the child," Arnold says, "A lot of times the parent has to quit work, so we just want to help them not only financially, but also spiritually."
According to Cook, the event raised more than $1,200 through donations, and ticket sales.
Click here to learn about Jonathan's Ark.