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Blake is an eight-year-old boy from East Bethel who was born with several complex congenital heart defects. He has undergone three open-heart surgeries, two side-entrance heart surgeries, eight heart catherizations, and numerous other medical procedures and tests, and has endured complications. Blake will need medical intervention his entire life in order to have the best quality of life possible. The lives of children who have congenital heart defects, like Blake, are not easy. Many of these kids experience more challenges in their early lives than most adults can comprehend.

But Blake is more than a heart warrior; he is also a car lover! The CarsForBlake Cruise and Car Show is a yearly event that welcomes vehicles of all makes, models, and years. It’s a great way to bring local car communities together for a worthy cause and to give Blake a day of indescribable joy and distraction in a life full of medical visits, surgeries, and hospital stays.

Because our event has been so well received by the car enthusiast community, this year will be our third annual CarsForBlake event. We’ve shifted our event to earlier in the season, and it will be held at Culver’s in Elk River on Saturday, June 16. The cruise will take off at 10am from Blaine, proceed north through East Bethel, and wind up in Elk River for the 12pm-3pm car show. Awards will be presented at 3pm.