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Spirit of Acadiana: The Jeep Jaunt

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He is John "Jaycee" Falcon. While radio broadcaster is his job; helping his fellow man is his passion.

"We're hoping that the jeep jaunt will show them that the reason for being a person, is to help other people," said Falcon

The Jeep Jaunt, started twelve years ago by Falcon, is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association. Now that, in and of itself, is a good thing, but the reason he's doing it, the impetus for his involvement, is even better.

"Mom was old school. Mom grew up on a farm driving a rice ruck to the rice mill when she was 13 years old," Falcon recalls of his mother.

Jaycee Falcon is proud to say he was a mama's boy, and so it's natural that it was hard for him to see his mother's long-term battle with asthma.

"As early as i can remember, I realized mom was suffering from asthma; she had it for most of her life and it got worse as she got older. And it got to the point where she couldn't enjoy the things he she truly loved." 

Falcon's mother died from a severe asthma attack, and shortly thereafter the Jeep Jaunt came to be. The first year $30,000 was raised. Last year, over $60,000. And so, when vehicles and their drivers meet this Sunday at Broussard's Celebrity Theatre, what will happen at the jeep jaunt?

 Falcon says, "At 9:30 we get ready to roll out to Cypress Bayou Casino, take some back roads, really nice Highway 87. We get to Cypress Bayou Casino and they'll have a meal, door prizes, and an auction."

Whether he's doing commercials, tossing to songs, or just visiting with listeners, this radio announcer has a big heart. 

Walk up registrations will begin at 7:30, and shortly thereafter, the jeeps will jaunt with others in mind.

"The American Lung Association is who receives the dollars from this event, but i think the impact goes way past the American Lung Association, " Falcon says of the reason behind the annual jaunt. "We like it when moms and dads can show kids, this is how you can give back." 

Best of luck to this year's, this Sunday's,  jeep jaunt. And good thoughts to our friend and jeep jaunt organizer John "Jaycee" Falcon.

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