Benefit poker run planned for Douglas Alley
Supporters of the Douglas Alley family will sponsor another Benefit Poker Run on March 8 to help the boy born with several severe medical conditions.
Money raised by the event will help the family pay for another operation on March 14 in New York.
The poker run will begin at Tilley’s Harley-Davidson of Salisbury. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and Douglas and his parents will greet riders at the beginning and end of the ride.
More information is available at www.douglasraysride.com or call his father, Keith, at 704-223-2944 or mother, Cindy, at 704-213-7472.
Major sponsors are Lamar Advertising, Tamarac Marina, J&S Custom Builders, Tilley’s, Bolt Headgear, Holiday Finance and Sysco Charlotte.
Douglas, who is a year old, was born with major urinary problems and hemangioma, which is an abnormal build up of blood vessels in the skin or internal organs.
Douglas underwent laser surgery in New York in 2007 “that helped a lot,” according to his parents.
But over time, doctors think he will need five or six surgeries to address all the problems.
The family’s supporters note that travel and medical bills add up fast. Even families with insurance have the co-payments, travel and home supplies expense.
Friends have started a foundation to help Douglas and other children and plan to hold a rally to support the foundation April 25-27 at Tamarac Marina.
The event is planned as a family-oriented rally with bike and car show, vendors and live music featuring Charity Case on April 25, a Friday.
More information about Douglas and how you can help at www.cudf.org.