PALM BEACH GARDENS — September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise awareness for those affected by childhood cancer and a time to share the stories of the countless number of families and children who are fighting the disease each day.
In Okeechobee, Marie and Moses Neal know that fight. Marie is the primary caregiver for her great-nephew, Moses Holness, a 19-year-old patient battling diffused large B-cell lymphoma. Moses also has autism. Moses started chemotherapy treatment in April and is expected to continue treatment through this December.
Marie and Moses are heroes, just like all the other families fighting for the health and life of their children. Yet, medical costs, transportation costs and other financial expenses have taken a toll on the family — they drive from Okeechobee to West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie and Miami for treatment.
Working with the Pediatric Oncology Support Team (POST), which helps local children and their families in six South Florida counties, the Neal family was matched with Tire Kingdom. For the past three years, Tire Kingdom has been supporting POST in Florida as a sponsor of its annual Stronger than Cancer 5k Run/Walk and other programs.
“We want to help keep Marie’s car in safe working condition with new tires so that she and Moses can get back and forth to treatments and doctor visits safely.”
Tire Kingdom donated a set of four tires to the Neal family. To help ease some burden, Tire Kingdom’s Mobile Tire Installation Van team met the family at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital in West Palm Beach and installed and balanced the tires while Moses was receiving his chemotherapy treatment.
Pat Khan and Mackenzie Nowak were the helpers who came to install the new tires.
“This has been a very difficult and unsettling year for everyone because of COVID, so the generosity of Tire Kingdom to help this family with this need is so beautiful, it brings tears to my eyes. Moses has had an exceptionally tough time with treatment-related side effects. He already has to fight for his life, now he won’t have to worry whether he can get to the hospital,” said Dr. Barbara Abernathy, CEO of the Pediatric Oncology Support Team.
“Tire Kingdom is the best community partner we could ever hope for. They understand that getting Moses to his appointments is the difference between life and death. We cannot thank them enough,” she added.
The Tire Kingdom Mobile Tire Installation Van offers tire mounting, balancing and installation. Interested consumers can arrange for the service by calling 844-438-8473.
About Tire Kingdom service centers
Tire Kingdom Service Centers, founded in West Palm Beach in 1972, provides a broad range of automotive maintenance and tire services in more than 190 retail locations throughout Florida. A brand of TBC Corp., Tire Kingdom is known as a trusted name in the automotive aftermarket due in large part to trained and certified ASE technicians, exceptional customer service and state-of-the-art equipment. To locate a store near you, visit TireKingdom.com.
About TBC Corporation
For more than 60 years, TBC Corp. (TBC), one of North America’s largest marketers of automotive replacement tires through a multi-channel strategy, has been a tire company ahead of the curve. Through worldwide operations spanning wholesale, retail, and franchise, TBC provides customers top tier brands and automotive maintenance and repair services with the underlying mission to exceed customer expectations. TBC serves wholesale customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico through TBC Brands, National Tire Wholesale (NTW), TBC International, and TBC de Mexico. Additionally, TBC responds to the needs of consumers in search of total car care at more than 600 company-operated tire and automotive service centers under the brands Tire Kingdom Service Centers and NTB Tire & Service Centers. TBC, through a subsidiary, also owns the Big O Tires and Midas franchise systems.