Classic cars park for cure at Market Square
Barbara and Steuart Tray of Lake Forest. | Tricia Sweet~For Sun-Times Media
11th Annual Market Square Car Show
In memory of Chuck ReQua
Proceeds benefit Melanoma Research
When a person sees a classic car around Lake Forest, thoughts of melanoma don’t usually pop up.
But during the Market Square Car Show, the fight against melanoma takes center stage each year, and for good reason.
“Melanoma is the fastest-growing cancer in the world, claiming one life every hour,” said Martha ReQua. “It is critical to raise awareness about the disease because it is also curable if detected early.”
In 2001 Chuck ReQua, Martha’s husband who owned Memory Lane Motors in Lake Bluff, started the car show during the summer Concerts in the Square.
Three years later, Chuck passed away from melanoma. Martha has not only kept the car show going, but she has turned it into a fundraiser to help find a cure for melanoma. All proceeds from the show go directly to Rush University Medical Center.
Classics from Model As to Mustangs (can the car my mom drove really be a classic?) started packing Market Square at 5 p.m. One lucky classic car owner won Chuck’s Choice Award, given in honor of Chuck’s love of “spit-shined” vehicles, according to his wife. The contest is judged every year by five of Chuck’s dearest friends.
Polly ReQua, Chuck’s daughter, said, “Dad would be smiling to see the community participating in the car show and seeing Mom’s dedication in making it a benefit for melanoma research. A successful event is when you have touched participants who say, ‘Because of this event, I went to a dermatologist.’ I recommend everybody get a full body check.”~~.