Relay for life team holds car wash

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Teddy Guevara sponges down a car Saturday during the Applebuddies’ Relay for Life car wash in the Applebee’s parking lot.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

As Mike Nelson’s cherry red Chevy Suburban was being soaped up and sprayed down, he thought of when he could bring his other two vehicles to the Relay for Life car wash Saturday at Applebee’s.

“If it’s something that’s a worthy cause, I’ll get involved,” he said. “You know those ‘Life is Good’ T-shirts? I have two or three of them.”

Nelson, a truck driver who works in Muleshoe, lives part-time in Clovis and in east Texas, said he planned on bringing his pickup truck and his Harley-Davidson motorcycle later in the day.

“Giving is just like going to church,” he said. “Nobody else is going to do it for you.”

Nelson said giving anonymously is the only way to do it.

“I don’t like credit. Giving without your name attached to it, that’s what America is built on. It is better to feel it in your heart,” he said.

Teddy Guevara, an employee of Applebee’s, said he’s helped with Relay for Life fundraisers and walked at the relay for the last seven years.

“It’s always nice to support something. And it’s fun. You can’t really lose,” he said. “And you always have a great family doing it with you.”

Guevara said he appreciated those that came by to have their car washed and donated.

“It’s sort of like a free car wash with a little generosity at the end,” he said.

Sherrie Devou, the Applebuddies Relay for Life team captain, said the team has helped a car wash and garage sale at the restaurant for the last three years.

“We held off on the garage sale today just because we weren’t sure of the weather,” she said. “We’re definitely doing to hold it in a few weeks.”

Relay for Life will be held May 8-9 at Ned Houk Park.