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Festival of the Wheel Car Show Supports Cancer Treatment

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The first ever Festival of the Wheel took place at the Sprint Pavilion on Sunday. The first ever Festival of the Wheel took place at the Sprint Pavilion on Sunday.
The car show was also to benefit the UVA Cancer Center. The car show was also to benefit the UVA Cancer Center.
Cancer survivor Billie Baldauf. Cancer survivor Billie Baldauf.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The first-ever Virginia Festival of the Wheel car show took place at the Sprint Pavilion in Downtown Charlottesville on Sunday. The event was planned to celebrate cars, but also cancer survivors.

One couple is using vintage cars to donate money to the University of Virginia Cancer Center. 

Michael Baldauf organized the first annual Virginia Festival of the Wheel after his wife, Billie, underwent surgery at the University of Virginia Cancer Center. He wanted the day to be about more than just cars or cancer and wanted it to be a celebration.

Billie Baldauf said that when she got cancer and was treated, her husband wanted to thank UVA by giving as much money as they could.

“He was so impressed with the staff, the doctors, the nurses and everybody who we came in contact with at UVA that he wanted to give something back to the community and since he’s a car lover, this seemed to be the best way to do it,” said Billie Baldauf, who went on to survive and beat endometrial cancer.

The car show was a star-studded event featuring cars from movies to NASCAR champions and even Billie’s doctor who works at the UVA Cancer Center.

“She’s always very supportive and just let me know she cares about me,” Billie Baldauf said about her doctor. “When I emailed her about coming to this event, I said ‘You probably don’t remember me’ and she said ‘Oh of course I remember you.’”

Michael Baldauf said the net money raised at the show will be given to the UVA Cancer Center.

Next year, Billie hopes to have more speakers to encourage more women to get a pap smear every year.