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Poker Run, riding for Laikley

A benefit ride for 3-month-old Laikley Jaymes Fisher was held Sat., Jul. 13, and spanned five communities. Participants traveled by car, truck and motorcycle to raise money for the family, collecting playing cards along the way from their various stops in the ultimate game of poker with a cause.

Proceeds from the ride and a silent auction that followed benefited Fisher, who suffers from a metabolic disorder called MCADD. MCADD stands for “medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency.”

This disorder results in the individual’s body having difficulty with breaking down fat into energy for the body because the enzymes needed for breaking down certain fats from food are either missing or unable to function properly. When that happens, the individual can suffer a metabolic crisis that includes fever, vomiting and more, and it can lead to hypoglycemia, which is low blood sugar. The possible outcome of this, if not treated, can include breathing problems, coma and even death.

Participants who attended the Poker Run paid an entry fee of $20, and at the end of the ride prizes were given out for the highest hand and the lowest. There was also a 50/50 drawing. The low hand winner was Charles Martin, and the high hand winner was Andy Johns, who also won the 50/50 drawing. The drawing required participants to purchase the tickets, and the winner walked away with half of what was raised from ticket sales. The other half went to the benefit. In addition to the entry fees, the drawing and the silent auction, t-shirts and other items were available for purchase.



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