Team Captain: Melissa C.

Fundraiser Details


Team Subaru #DrivePerformance

This year, 585,720 Americans are expected to die of cancer, making it the second leading cause of death in the U.S.1

We all know someone affected by cancer, who has courageously fought the battle, is currently undergoing treatment, is in remission, has had life cut short, and has a family turned upside down. There are so many stories out there and too many that will not have a happy ending.

My story: I carry a scar as a reminder of my skin cancer removed a few years ago. I currently stand bedside of my aunt as she is slowly losing her battle with ovarian cancer.

Five for a Drive
What began as five guys getting together and taking to the back roads in their Subaru vehicles has grown into an annual event that features three days of driving, camaraderie, and supporting a charity.

In an effort to help find a cure for cancer, the 48HRS of Tristate Charity Drive annually gathers Subaru enthusiasts to raise donations in the best way possible – driving their Subaru.

14th Annual Drive
The cause for this year’s drive: funding research to find a cure for childhood cancer, the No. 1 cause of disease-related deaths for children.2

The charity of choice: Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Last year the 48HRS Drive raised more than $30,000 for this charity, donated on behalf of Caitlin Dickey, a 9-year-old who lost her fight and cousin of 48HRS driver Mark Sims.

This year I will drive on behalf of Drive Performance magazine and Jen Fischer from Subaru Insider newsletter are teaming up to join the drive, and more importantly, raise funds for this great cause.

The drive will begin January 16, 2015, at Subaru of America Headquarters in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and take us on a three-day, 1,000-mile journey through the Adirondacks of New York.

Get Behind the Wheel
In friendly competition, we have formed two teams (#DrivePerformance and #SubaruInsider) and will battle to raise the most donations - go #DrivePerformance – payback, Jen :).

We ask you to join us on the 48HRS Drive. If not for the drive, then support our teams with a donation: #DrivePerformance and #SubaruInsider.

Follow our hash tags on Facebook and Twitter for updates and stories from the drive.

Share the Word
After making your donation to one or both of our teams, we ask that you share your donation on Facebook and Twitter, tagging your chosen team (#DrivePerformance and #SubaruInsider).

The winning team will be announced in Drive Performance Version 12.1 in March 2015.

- Melissa Carlson

1 American Cancer Society(R), Inc. Cancer Facts & Figures 2014. 2014.
2 American Childhood Cancer Organization.