A Mother’s Day barbecue and car show Sunday

A Mother’s Day barbecue and car show Sunday

Car show helps family

Mother’s Day will pay tribute to a young Vernon mom whose life was cut short.

Mother’s Day will pay tribute to a young Vernon mom whose life was cut short.

Melissa Gobbett, 33, died of a rare form of brain cancer April 13, 2016. While her two young boys, and husband, lost their mother, her story continues to capture attention, and hearts.

Melissa’s family, as well as B.C. Children’s Hospital, will be the recipient of a fundraising barbecue and car show Sunday at Blacktop Performance (4617A 34th St.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“It’s really fitting that it’s on Mother’s Day,” said Robert Armstrong, who put together the event after hearing about Melissa.

Like many, Armstrong wanted to do something to help, but he took it a step further and has been busy putting together an event in support.

“I want to make it an annual or biannual fundraiser where I focus on one family,” said the 22 year old who is chief operating officer at A1 Bus.

Armstrong is an “average guy,” who was raised with a loving family, but has had more than his share of close calls.

“I have cheated death, so to speak, so I feel pretty lucky to be here,” said Armstrong, who survived his left lung collapsing and a bad car crash years ago which he is still picking glass out of his head from.

Initially, Armstrong was focused on helping the son of a woman who works at Sleep Country who at just 23-years-old has terminal sarcoma.

“I wanted to send him and his family skydiving as a last wish. It’s something he always wanted to do.”

Armstrong ended up fulfilling the young man’s skydiving dream anyway. Those who would like to support the Gobbett family, and others with sick children, are urged to come pick up a hot dog, chips and pop/water for a minimum donation of $3 Sunday.

Those wanting to come show off their ride are also welcome to attend the show.

“My one rule for getting into the car show is you have a passion for your car and you think it’s show worthy,” said Armstrong.