Fireball Challenge rolls through Gulfport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Cruisin' The Coast is here, but another group of car lover's made their way down to South Mississippi as well.

Car Owners with vehicles of all makes and models have driven across country to participate in this year's Fireball Run on Saturday, October 1.

It's all in an effort to bring awareness to cases of missing children in the U.S.

In eight days, 18 cities and 2,500 miles were covered for the event's very special purpose.

"The mission of this is really to get a focus on a great point which is looking for missing children. Each team has been assigned one particular child," James Bell of General Motors said.

Each team was passionate about finding their assigned child. With that said, at times, the journey could be stressful.

"All the stress all the getting mad and yelling at each other the whole time, completely worth it we could actually come up with just one child," Steev Aidamore, Navy Team said.

"This is the highlight of my life thus far. I've been crying all week because it's so emotional. Everything about this week has been the most amazing experience and I don't think it will ever get topped," Cori Cashin-Dworkin of the General Motors Team said.

With such flashy cars, onlookers can't help, but notice. That platform is the vehicle for getting the event's message across.

"It's been a lot of fun, it's been challenging, but we got to touch the lives of a lot of people. I met people we shook hands, we handed out pictures and photographs of the missing children. And I've been told that one child has already been located since this rally started and that really makes me feel good. That's what this thing is all about," Former Astronaut and Fireball supporter, Winston Scott said.

In addition to the child found this time around, the Fireball challenge has helped 36 children return home.

Organizers and participants alike said, they don't plan on stopping anytime soon.