Ride for Brandon poker run raises over $20,000
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.”
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.