Kid-Friendly Car Show Opens Doors To Vehicles Big And Small

SAN DIEGO–Beat Nb is gearing up for its highly anticipated 9th annual Touch A Truck fundraiser, taking place May 13 at Pacific Trails Middle School in Carmel Valley.

The 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. event is California’s original hands-on car show. Little drivers are given the green light to touch, sit behind the wheel and honk the horn to their little hearts’ desire in every type of vehicle imaginable, ranging from construction, emergency, off-road, delivery, hot rods, and military. Best of all, 100% of admission ticket sales go directly to help fight kids cancer.

“My son Max, who lost his battle to cancer 9 years ago, loved everything on wheels,” says Melissa Mikulak, event director. “Celebrating that fascination with other kids, and seeing the awe on their faces as they climb into a big-rig, is the perfect way to honor his memory while raising money to fight childhood cancer.”

Besides getting to sit in the driver’s seat of a construction rig or wave the hose of a fire truck, there is entertainment galore. Sponsors provide fun games and giveaways, local kid-friendly businesses share their wares, and a legion of “Star Wars” and Marvel characters will be on hand for photo-ops. In the sky, the Mercy Air Ambulance crew will make a fly-by, land at the event and give tours of the helicopter. For hungry visitors, a food truck and a lemonade stand will be on site.

Tickets are available online at for $15, and attendees can fundraise to earn free admission. Parking is free.

Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #TouchATruckSD to see what vehicles have been added as event day approaches.

From the first event held in 2009, Touch A Truck San Diego has entertained more than 30,000 attendees and raised more than $330,000 to deliver lifesaving therapies to kids fighting cancer.

Touch A Truck San Diego is inspired by Max Mikulak, who at age three was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma – a common childhood cancer. Max lost his battle with the cancer at the tender age of seven. Max’s parents, Andy and Melissa, celebrate his life and honor the gift of childhood by raising funds for and awareness about childhood cancer.

Proceeds from the event will benefit childhood cancer research at the NMTRC. The NMTRC’s clinical trials are available at 30 children’s hospitals nationwide including our own Rady’s Children’s hospital. This cancer research program’s mission is to provide children with more precise, predictive approaches to treating advanced neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma.

Sponsors of the 9th annual Touch A Truck include Wells Fargo Bank, Mauzy Heating-Air-Solar, Hardwood Art Creations, UPS, Scripps Health, Happy Family Foods, and Engineering for Kids.

Formerly Max’s Ring of Fire, Beat Nb was formed by five nonprofits from around the country to become one unified organization with a shared mission: to beat neuroblastoma childhood cancer. Beat Nb drives neuroblastoma cancer research making a difference in kids’ survival today. Beat Nb is changing the story for the next family by finding viable treatments and ultimately, a cure for neuroblastoma.

For more information about Beat Nb and the Touch A Truck event, visit and

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