(Pavillion, Wyo.) – A poker ride left Pavillion Saturday morning to benefit Kaiden Burk, 14, who was stricken in school three years with seizures. For the past two years, medication has controlled the seizures, but the meds have now become ineffective and Burk is facing brain surgery to hopefully correct the problem, sponsors of the ride said. The surgery will be held at Denver Children’s Hospital and the Poker Ride was set to help raise funds to help cover those costs.
“We’re a small community out here and we’re all pitching in to help out,” said one patron at the rides starting point, Possum Pete’s. Several other events are scheduled to help Burk, including a horse shoe tournament in Pavillion on June 28th and an auction that day at the Wind River Recreation Center. A raffle is also being held.
Given the turnout this morning with over 50 folks on horseback riding a nine-mile-long course and one fellow on a mule, the benefit began well.
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