HESPERIA When a loved one is transferred to a distant location to be treated for burn wounds, the financial burden can be traumatic for families. Few know that better than retired firefighter Ron "Sparky" Avanrolina.


Since ending his firefighting career, Avanrolina has spent much of his time volunteering for the nonprofit organization Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors, which serves to help the many families he has seen placed under the emotional stress of not being able to make visits to those they care about.


So when a High Desert venue could no longer host an annual fundraiser to raise money for the organization, Avanrolina jumped at the opportunity to use his membership at the Victor Valley Moose Lodge to find the fundraiser a new home. Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors has dedicated itself to helping the Southern California families of burn victims that do not have the financial means to visit, and relies heavily on donations from such events.


Thanks to Avanrolina's effort, the Victor Valley Moose Lodge will be holding the first annual Car & Motorcycle show Saturday. All proceeds will go to Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors.


While this 100 member organization has substantially grown over the years, Avanrolina knows the importance it plays in the local community.


"As firefighters, I can't tell you how many times we saw local families who relied on Red Cross that couldn't visit loved ones because no one covered the expenses of travel," Avanrolina said, as he explained that many burn victims get transferred to specialized burn centers that could be hours away.


Depending on the severity of the burn, a patient's hospital stay may last for months. Over the years, Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors has accommodated many High Desert families with financial aid to pay for gas, food, hotel and other expenses that allows families to visit for extended periods of time. Many of the burn victims that the organization has helped have been firemen who have been injured on duty.


"People who get burned most of the time are accidents," Avanrolina said. "If you're in the economic predicament like many of the people in the High Desert, you're going to really appreciate the Quest."


While Avanrolina is happy he has found a "worthy event" for Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors in today's car show, he never stops trying to make contributions to the organization that strives to better the situation of the families he has been so impacted by in the past.


"You tend to wish there's always more you can do," Avanrolina said.


Saturday's car show will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 10230 E Ave. in Hesperia. There will be a $15 entry fee which will include a meal.


All vehicles are welcome to enter including cars, motorcycles and even tractors. The event will have food, music, games, prizes and drawings.