Dr. Kevin Macadaeg founded Cruise Indy in 2019 because of his love of cars and the Woodward Dream Cruise in his hometown of Pontiac, Michigan.
The first two Cruise Indy events supported Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships to spouses and children of deceased and disabled U.S. service members. The third Cruise Indy event, which includes a September 17 car show and a ride through Carmel, will continue to benefit Folds of Honor as well as the Scoliosis Project of Indiana.
Dr. Michael McCarthy and Dr. Paul Kraemer, both Carmel-based Indiana Spine Group partners with Macadaeg, founded The Scoliosis Project earlier this year to improve spinal health in children and adults in underdeveloped countries. served where it is difficult to access medical care, let alone spinal care. The goal is to bring patients with complex spinal deformities to the United States for surgery. In November, a young boy from Guatemala will be operated on at the Indiana Spine Hospital in Carmel. McCarthy said there were plenty of volunteer nurses for the surgery.
McCarthy said the plan for the project was for a doctor to perform spine surgeries in Guatemala or possibly other underserved countries. Then the more complex surgeries would be performed in the United States. Sandra Haugo is the project director.
McCarthy said he and Kraemer began discussing the project early in the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was also dear to Paul’s heart,” McCarthy said. “Sandra was instrumental in being the driving force behind it all in terms of pushing it forward and putting things together.”
McCarthy said the group needed funds to start the Scoliosis Project.
“We talked about it at a business meeting and Kevin loved it,” McCarthy said. “He felt the growth of Cruise Indy could support both of these projects going forward.”
The car show begins at 8:30 a.m. at 13225 N. Meridian St. in the Indiana Spine Group parking lot. There will be a silent auction, face painting and a treasure hunt. Judging will take place from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and prizes will be announced at 11:30 a.m.
The cruise runs from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“We had substantial growth of a few hundred cars last year, all in different categories of classic cars and modern muscle cars,” Macadaeg said.
To register, go to cruiseindy.com. To learn more, visit scoliproject.com.