Ride for Bran­don poker run raises over $20,000

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Al­lie Ruck­man

The “Ride for Bran­don Hall” fundraiser kicked off to the sound of roar­ing mo­tor­cy­cle en­gines on Satur­day morn­ing, April 30.

Over $20,000 was raised dur­ing the poker run for the fam­ily of Bran­don Hall, a young adult from Drumheller suf­fer­ing from can­cer.

Ap­prox­i­mately 145 bik­ers from all over Al­berta came down to the val­ley for the event.

Mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts gath­ered at the New­cas­tle Bar at around 10:30 am, and geared up to hit the pave­ment at 11:00 am sharp.

They then con­tin­ued through Car­bon, Acme, Rock­y­ford and then ended at Top Rocker in Rosedale to cel­e­brate.

Jamie Wor­man, or­ga­nizer of the event, com­ments on its suc­cess.

“It sur­passed all of my ex­pec­ta­tions. We kept rais­ing the goal higher and higher only for it to be blown past. A huge thank you goes out to the com­mu­nity of Dumheller and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. They re­ally de­serve all the praise. I can't ex­press my grat­i­tude enough.”

Bran­don Hall had just got­ten out of surgery in In­di­ana around the time of the poker run.

The Mail spoke with his mother, Crys­tal Hall.

“Bran­don is pro­gres­sively do­ing well, re­ally well, al­most all of what the doc­tors was go­ing in for was re­moved. We ac­tu­ally found out the tu­mor in his ab­domen was larger than 24 or 26 cm, which is what we were ex­pect­ing. In surgery, there was a prob­lem with a nerve in his leg, and we were wor­ried it would de­crease mo­bil­ity, but he has al­ready started walk­ing as well as eat­ing solid food.”

Bran­don has ap­prox­i­mately 80 stitches from the top of his chest to the bot­tom of his stom­ach. He was in the ICU for only

Ev­ery time I see some­thing about the Ride I start cry­ing happy tears. I can­not thank ev­ery­one enough."

Crys­tal Hall mother of Bran­don Hall

24 hours be­fore be­ing moved into a pri­vate room.

Crys­tal is very grate­ful for the sup­port she's got­ten from the com­mu­nity.

“Ev­ery time I see some­thing about the Ride for Bran­don I start cry­ing happy tears. I can­not thank ev­ery­one enough. Es­pe­cially to Jamie and Linda for send­ing me all the pic­tures.”

mail photos by Al­lie Ruck­man

Above, about 145 mo­tor­cy­clists from all over Al­berta con­verged on the val­ley for The Ride for Bran­don fundraiser Satu­day morn­ing. Left, Jackie and Piper Gal­lagher-Hauer ar­rive on a 2004 soft­tail Har­ley David­son. The ride kicked off at the New­cas­tle Bar and con­tin­ued through­out the bad­lands.

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