SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Steve Goodman knows all about cancer.
The Santa Maria resident has twice battled the disease, in his kidney and throat.
"I'm a two time survivor of cancer," said Goodman. "Cancer, it affects every family."
His personal connection to cancer is a big reason he's been a longtime participant with Cruzin' For Life, the annual Santa Maria fundraiser that raises money for local cancer patient services.
The Bent Axles Car Club member drives his 1958 Chevrolet convertible each year in the event.
"It generates a little bit of hope for those that are aren't as fortunate and it's good to give that positive outlook for people," Goodman said.
The annual fundraiser is now in its 16th year in Santa Maria.
Since it was created in 2004, the two-day event has raised an amazing amount of money, totaling more than $1.5 million.
"Every year (the community) shows up," said Cruzin' For Life board member, Kara Cole. "The community shows up every year, with the volunteers, all the way up to the sponsors and to the givers."
Money raised goes directly to cancer patients.
"The money raised goes to our local community and it helps people pay for rent, groceries, things that insurance won't be able to pay," said Cole.
Goodman was treated for throat cancer at Mission Hope and knows how important the cancer center is to the Central Coast.
"I've seen what kind of work they do," said Goodman. "They treated me so professionally and it's a friendship type thing too and there is a common goal of looking out for each other. It's very beneficial."
Cruzin' For Life returns this weekend with another big lineup of events in store.
"We're excited," Cole said. "We're very excited about the cruise on Friday night and the car show on Saturday and the auction/dinner is always a blast."
The inspirational Survivors Cruise will be held along Broadway from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Saturday, an all-make, all-model car show is set for the Santa Maria Fairpark from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Both events are free for the public to attend.
Cruzin' For Life culiminates on Saturday night with the Dinner and Auction at the Fairpark starting at 4:30 p.m.
Terry Lawless will be performing during the event.
Tickets are $50. Call Clifford Labastida for ticket information at (805) 310-9473.
For more information about Cruzin' For Life, visit www.cruzinforlife.net