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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

7th Year Hot Wheels Nationals Coming to Johnny Junxions

JUDAH - SEPTEMBER 14, 2022 - On Friday a fun event for people of all ages is coming to Johnny Junxions for the 7th Annual Hot Wheels Nationals. The event is to help combat childhood cancer. More details in the BatCole foundation below.

The event beginning around 6:00 p.m. and lasting until 8:00 p.m. If for some reason, there is rain the event will take place the next night.

During the evening you can get your own vehicle turned into a hot wheel car. A photo will be taken of your vehicle, then put into hot wheels replica all for a minimum of a $10 donation. This will take place from 6:00 to about dusk.

Several Batcole gear will be on hand to be able to purchase.

A Johnny Junxion Cruise in with several classis vehicle expected to come and be a part of the festivities Friday night.

Live Music will be provided by Shannon & Deb of WBED.

Then the exciting part of the evening is the heat races of Hot Wheel cars. You will have to have a different car for each heat.


Cole Winnefeld was initially diagnosed and throughout his treatment, he always loved all things his treatment, he always loved all things superhero, especially Batman. The Batcole symbol was drawn on a napkin by a family friend and quickly became identify.

Cole Mattew Winnefeld was born on December 15, 2003, a seemingly healthy baby boy, and beloved little brother to us - his parents and his big sister Lauren. He loved all things boy, Hot Wheels. Thomas the Train and Lego, and he went through the first five years of his life with little fanfare.

In April 2009, during a family vacation, Cole fell off a bunk bed and, we thought, injured his back or hip. When he returned home, he was limping, and having trouble sleepy and not eating well. We took him to the pediatrician only to be sent home.

The limping continued accompanied by vomiting and waking up in the night. A second doctors vist included a x-ray and CT scan, which revealed a softball-size tumor around his adrenal gland.

Cole was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma; it also involved the bone marrow and lesions in multiple bones throughout his body.

He began the fight of his life, battling multiple rounds of high dose chemotherapy, multiple complex surgeries and radiation. His neuroblastoma, it turned out, was chronic and many experimental treatments followed, including a painful mouse antibody therapy, novel radiation and multiple phase I therapies.

His fight ended on July 29, 2015 but his family continues to fight in his honor and memory.

The Batcole Foundation is a public 501(c) 3 non-profit that is committed to raising funds for research to develop novel, superior therapies for neuroblastoma and other pediatric cancers.

Together with our foundation board, specialized pediatric cancer treatment centers and physicians, our goal is to identify clinical therapies which have the most promising clinical blueprints for success.

Our hope is to bring awareness of how underfunded pediatric cancer research is to individuals, families, schools and communities.

We want these groups to partner with the Batcole Foundation to raise funding and awareness to fill this gap.

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