Oct 28, 2012 6:17 PM by Erin Steuber
Today, the 7th Annual "Jeep Jaunt" rolled through Acadiana. More than 400 jeeps participated in the event benefiting the American Lung Association. "Jeep Jaunt" creator, JayCee Falcon, started the event in memory of his mother, Alice Joyce Richard Falcon. She died of an asthma attack in 2004.
"It means a lot to know that Acadiana is coming out to do this for the American Lung Association, and we know that mom would be really proud of us," said Falcon.
LJ Bordelon is part of the Falcon family that has undertaken the task of coordinating the "Jeep Jaunt" every year. Now, in its 7th year, the jaunt has gained recognition statewide.
"We have over 1000 people this year, and that incredible," said Bordelon. "People from Shrevport and Bossier City, all around the Acadiana area. It's great, it's amazing."
Over the past six years, the "Jeep Jaunt" has raised more than $250,000. The group left from the Celebrity Theatre in Broussard, riding down Ralph Darden Memorial Parkway and ending at Cypress Bayou Casino, Hotel.
"This shows us that people really do care about every breathe we take," said Aline Vitale with the American Lung Association. "And since breathing less isn't an option, this is a huge influx of people becoming aware of what the Lung Association does and our programs, as well as, the advocacy being done here in Louisiana."