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Two Austin teens organize 'Cars for a Cause'

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They may not be old enough to drive, but two Austin teenagers proved they are old enough to organize a special automobile show.

Dozens of cars rolled into the parking lot of the Dell Jewish Community Association of Austin Sunday morning. Among the crowd, were proud car owners like Laurie Dries, who drove in a 1938 Packard Club Coupe.

"I love this car, this was my 50th birthday present," she said.

Others, like Mark Lea, braved the cool temperatures to show off his completely restored 1965 Lincoln Continental convertible.

He said these events give him an opportunity to talk with fellow car enthusiasts.

"It's a different language," he said "You kind of talk to them in certain ways. It's interesting to see the way they put their car together versus the way you put your car together."

This is not just any car show, however.

Jeremy and Josh Mosier, 13-year-old cousins, spent several months putting together the car show and concert as a fundraiser for the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson Foundation.

"My cousin has Dystonia and my grandpa has Parkinson's so we wanted to do something to try and help with that," Josh said.

The teens organized the event as part of their Bar Mitzvah project.

"When you look at all these cars, and you think over the last few months, you put all of this together, it makes you feel good inside," Jeremy said.

According to information on the foundation's Web site, Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the central nervous system, caused by a change in the part of the brain which controls movements such as walking and balance.

Symptoms listed include tremors, slowness of movement, muscle tightness and problems balancing. The foundation Web site says Dystonia is a neurological muscle disorder that causes uncontrollable and painful spasms in one or more parts of the body.

Their cousin Jacob Spielberg was diagnosed with Dystonia when he was 6 years old. Spielberg said the disease greatly affected his life.

"It was getting worse daily, and actually happened where I was totally bed ridden, I couldn't go to school," Spielberg said. "I couldn't do anything."

However, after surgery, Spielberg said his condition has improved significantly.

"I'm definitely glad they can definitely pull something together like this," Spielberg said. "It's a great thing to raise all this money for a great foundation."

According to the boys' mothers, they raised more than $8,000 from the event.

For more information on the foundation, visit their Web site at Dystonia-Parkinson.org.

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