The James Marshall Project had an incredible "Bike Raffle" story to be told. -Read Below
2013 started off much like every other year with some good Supercross racing on TV but then on Thursday January 17, 2013, Brooks Dremely was practicing at a local Houston motocross track when he and another rider collided. Brooks was taken to the hospital where they determined he had broken his C2 and that his C6 and C7 were not functioning properly. Due to the seriousness of his injuries, Brooks’ parents made the decision to have him flown to Herman Memorial in Houston, TX. After undergoing further evaluation at Hermann, Brooks was placed in a vest and a halo. The doctor manually set his C2 twice, but it became necessary to perform surgery due to the loss of feeling in Brooks’ legs. Brooks still has not regained the feeling in his arms or legs.
Some of Brooks' close friends, Gunar and Gage Fugler with Staminaco.com, made these Dr. Smooth shirts to help get donations for Brooks! They are $20 each and ALL of the proceeds go to Brooks and his family. Go to staminaco.com to order them. Then Kristy Tennant, Shannon and Reed Koch came up with a signature butt patch made by mxgurl.com to honor of Brooks to help raise even more money for Brooks.
JMP saw all this going on in our community and asked how can we help? Kristy Tennant informed us that she had been given two dirt bikes to us as she liked to help raise more money for Brooks. After tossing around some ideas it agreed that JMP would raffle these off during the 2013 Outlaw452 Main Event Series and the 2013 AMA District 20 Series.
In the Summer during the Outlaw452 Main Event Series we held the raffle for a YZ85 donated by Bill Affenberg and all proceeds from the raffle were to be given to Brooks Dremely to help cover his medical expenses while he continues to make progress back from an spinal cord injury he suffered at the beginning of this year.
The raffle kicked off at the first round of the series @ 3 Palms Action Sports Park. Tickets were sold at each round with the drawing for the winner being held at intermission of the last race held at Rio Bravo MX.
The winner was Heath Salazar and he turned to Jp Parson who was the MC for the race and said “let’s auction this bike off again right now and raise even more money for Brooks”. Well JP started working his magic on the mic and when the dust settled Rusty Bellue had won the auction with a high bid of $1,000.
The really cool thing was that after he won he was going to give the bike to a group in Louisianan to auction it off again for a rider in need over there. He then named the bike as “The Bike That Keeps Giving”. In the end we presented a check for $3,400 to Brooks and his family which also included a nice donation for Brooks from Atlas Energy.
Then in the Fall during the AMA District Series we held the raffle for a CRF250R donated by Jason Guzack and all proceeds from this raffle were given to Brooks Dremely as well.
Again the raffle kicked off at the first round of the series @ 3 Palms Action Sports Park. Tickets were sold at each round with the drawing for the winner being held at intermission of the last race held at Cycle Ranch MX Park.
The winner was Tony Stivers. In the end we present Brooks with another check for $2,400.
Tony then let us know that his company Powerhouse Cycles in San Antonio was going to give a CRF150 to JMP to hold yet again another raffle, but this time he wanted it to benefit James Marshall.
These are the highlights of 2013 and it has been a great year. We hate to see anyone get hurt but love to see the out pouring of support. This next year we have some great things in the works and hope to keep any money raised in the bank account to further our pursuit of rider education and Concussion awareness but if need we do what we can to help amateur athletes get back on there feet.