The Bengalmachine: A Young Man’s Dream Come True

Posted on May 1, 1990 by LCT Staff

Cancer patient Jamie Flaugher, center, and his family were treated to a ride in a stretch limousine designed after the Cincinnati Bengals professional football team colors.
Cancer patient Jamie Flaugher, center, and his family were treated to a ride in a stretch limousine designed after the Cincinnati Bengals professional football team colors.

Jamie is gone now, but not forgotten.

Thanks to Mink’s Limousine, Inc. in Mason, OH, the memory of Jamie Flaugher, an 18-year-old cancer patient, will live on in the Cincinnati area.

Jamie, always a football fan, had dreamed of one day playing football and being a co-captain on his high school team. He made co-captain but was never able to play. One of his final wishes was to attend a Bengal’s game and Mink’s Limousine made it a special trip.

They decorated the limousine with Bengal colors and Jamie’s name, then brought the whole family to the game. It was definitely a hit! The limousine has since become a fixture in the company’s fleet.

Nancy Mink, vice president of Mink’s, wants to let everyone know that “you do not have to have a local chapter of ‘Make-A-Wish’ [an organization that grants wishes to terminally ill children] to help. Contact your local hospital and find out how you can help.”

The Bengalmachine!
The Bengalmachine!

Mink’s works through a group called Cincinnati FunRaisers. The livery service has done a number of runs for FunRaisers and Children’s Hospital. According to Mink, “The runs I have done personally have meant more to me than words can express. Not only am I the mother of two healthy girls, with another on the way, but I realize that helping these special kids makes me appreciate every day with my kids, family and friends.

“Jamie’s run was our first and the one that will always hold a special meaning to me,” adds Mink.

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