With a Genetic Illness and a Popular Auto Show, Buckner “Lives His Life the Best He Can” | Local News
‘THE BEST THAT HE CAN’
It’s like Buckner sharing the credit, said Michelle Clarke, the office manager at Prime Care, where Buckner works as a Lab Corps employee.
“Everyone loves him,” she said. “He is very friendly, down to earth.”
Her sister’s stepson died of cystic fibrosis at age 21, and the first time Buckner was in the office and coughed, Clarke immediately recognized him as “that CF cough.”
When she heard about the show, she started volunteering with other family members. This year’s event was held on May 1 at the Spotswood Baptist Church and drew over 400 vehicles.
“He’s growing up so fast,” Clarke said. “I think people who already love auto shows love the idea and 100 percent of the proceeds go to a great cause, and it’s put on by someone who has the disease they are trying to fundraise for. . The word spread so quickly that it must easily be over 2,000 people. “
Buckner’s mother, Kelly, wonders if the event, which allows her to share her story, is her goal in life. That and being able to draw blood so efficiently because, as he said, “nobody wants to get stuck and feel like they have a giant rod in their arm.”
When she and her husband first found out their son had cystic fibrosis, an inherited condition, they traced their family history as far back as they could, but found no one on either side. . As concerned as her parents were about her condition, her mother is a Christian who believes that God has a plan for everyone.