HAZLETON — Chris Lieb loves vaping, cars and helping other people.
The Cars and Clouds benefit held at Alluring Vapors on Sunday for a 6-year-old battling cancer provided an opportunity for Lieb to enjoy all those things at the same time.
Lieb travelled with his wife, Lisa Lieb, from Berwick to support “Mia’s Journey,” a fund- and awareness-raising effort for Mia Tomsho, who is currently in an Ohio hospital battling leukemia.
Mia’s “journey” began with a bit of leg plain and weakness, which led her parents, Rich and Gina Tomsho, to a local pediatrician for answers.
When none came, Mia was taken to the Akron Children’s Hospital where she was eventually transferred to the oncology unit.
Although the 6-year-old spends much of her time on the couch resting — mustering an occasional giggle — she has retained her motto, “Fight like a girl.”
Fred Rindock, one of Alluring Vapors’ owners, said the motto means that although Mia is a pint-sized little girl, she is totally confident that she can beat the disease.
Rindock and Jonathan Trovitch, also an owner, put the event together in about three weeks, soliciting the support of two car clubs and many customers who have specialty cars at home.
Chris Lieb brought his gray BMW 335i twin turbo, smiling as he looked at it parked next to a series of other equally impressive cars.
“Qe both love cars, but he’s more into BMWs and I love classic cars,” Lisa said.
The effort included not just the car show, but a 50/50 and basket raffles to raise money to help pay Mia’s medical expenses.
“We wanted to do everything possible to assist the family,” said Rindock.
John Resovsky, of Hazleton, said he knew the owners of the shop even before they started the business and knew of Mia through them.
Resovsky’s car, a black 2003 Nissan 35OZ, was displayed front and center of the event, and he spent much of his time standing next to the vehicle, ready to answer any questions that attendees might have.
He said of the customers of the business that caters to vaping aficionados,
“We all love vaping and many of us love cars,” Resovsky said of Alluring Vapors’ customers. “So it was a perfect fit.”
Brandon Kotansky, manager of the store, said the shop is known for supporting the community.
“We like to give back to the community,” he said. “And the event was strongly supported by other small businesses.”
Despite some rain early in the day, the skies seemed to clear just in time for the arrival of cars and influx of attendees.
“We’re expecting about 50 cars and 100 attendees,” he said.
And although Mia and her parents were in Ohio, attendees believed that she was feeling the love from the little shop on North Sherman Court.
“The whole reason that we’re here today,” said Kotansky, “is for Mia.”
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