Santa Run helps lift spirits of kids with cancer

Elena Watts By Elena Watts

Aug. 29, 2013 at 3:29 a.m.

Children battling cancer at the Methodist Children's Hospital in San Antonio and in the Crossroads could have better holidays this December because of the Kory Kubecka Santa Run Benefit.

Money raised Saturday will go to purchase gifts for the children and cover a holiday brunch in San Antonio where the gifts will be given, said Rosie Ruddick, of Vanderbilt, who is president of the nonprofit organization.

The event will be at The Shack, 2049 Farm-to-Market Road 616 in La Salle.

Brisket and sausage with potatoes, beans and the trimmings will be sold for $8 per plate. A live auction will begin at 3 p.m. that includes Harley-Davidson memorabilia, a family portrait sitting, an outdoor swing set and hay bales, among other items.

Other festivities will include three live bands, a redneck iron man contest with a $5 entry fee, a Paul Mitchell stylist from Dallas cutting hair for donations and a motorcycle and hot rod ride that begins and ends in La Salle. For $20, the riders will tour Palacios, Port Lavaca, Victoria and Telferner from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. The entry fee includes lunch.

About 35 motorcyclists made the trip last year, said James Monroy, the ride organizer.

Last year, the nonprofit organization granted the gift wishes of 55 children, Ruddick said. Gifts have included flat screen televisions, Xboxes and Lego sets.

The event is named for Kory Kubecka, a 16-year-old from La Salle who died in 2008 from leukemia.



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