Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Poker Run For Stephanie Holland Miller on August 8th, 2020 Written By: Karla Duncan, Photo’s By: Nancy McMurray

Written by  Karla Duncan September 1, 2020

 

This ride, or the thought of this ride, was brought to my attention in January 2020 when a fellow friend, rider and close friend of Stephanie, told me and some other friends about it and asked us to keep our calendar open to do this ride for her.

 

Let me tell you about Stephanie… I learned a lot about her and her story when I contacted her about writing this article. She is married to Jeff “Bo” Miller and they have been married for thirteen years. They have 2 adult children between them and 2 – four year old grandchildren- twins, a boy and a girl. Stephanie is a very sweet person and we talked like we had known each other for years!

 

Stephanie has been through some pretty rough times already- dealing with Crohn’s disease, having had 2 hip and 2 knee replacement surgeries previously, but she found out she had a large mass in one of her breasts and was diagnosed with HER2- triple negative breast cancer in September 2019. HER2 (human epidermal growth factor receptor 2) is a gene that can play a role in the development of breast cancer. Triple negative breast cancer can be more aggressive, difficult to treat, can re-occur and have a poorer prognosis than other types of breast cancers, mostly because there are fewer targeted medicines that treat triple negative breast cancer.

 

Stephanie said that surgery had been scheduled, but the decision was made that she should have chemotherapy prior to surgery, to try to shrink the mass first. So, she underwent 17 weeks of chemotherapy that lasted from October 2019 through the first week of February 2020. Surgery was then rescheduled and she underwent a double mastectomy the second week of February 2020, which concluded with a great result, a clear margin. A clear, negative or clean margin means there are no cancer cells at the outer edge of tissue that was removed.

 

Stephanie was then scheduled to undergo eight weeks of radiation- she has completed six weeks so far, and she still has two radiation treatments left, as of the writing of this article. She is also on chemo booster pills that will continue until October 2020. Please continue to keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

Now, about the ride… On the day of the ride, all riders met at 9:30 am at the American Legion Post 255, in Fultondale, Alabama. Everyone present spent time getting registered, talking with each other and waiting for the poker run to begin at 11 am. During the wait, door prize tickets and 50/50 tickets were sold and all riders were able to draw their first poker card of the day.

 

Once the ride began, riders headed over to the first stop at Sayre Bar and Grill in Dora, to draw their second poker card and to have some food and refreshments that were available for purchase. After a short stay, riders headed out to the next stop at Veteran’s Brotherhood club house in Birmingham, where riders drew their third poker card and chilled for a bit before heading out for the next stop.

 

The next stop was at Bent Horn Saloon in Pinson, where riders drew their fourth poker card and enjoyed more refreshments, before leaving for the next stop. The fourth and final stop was made at Duckies in Birmingham, where the ride ended and riders drew their fifth and final poker card.

 

Entertainment and food was provided by Duckies and included a DJ, karaoke, hotdogs and chips.

Before everyone left, door prizes were drawn and claimed and best high hand and 50/50 ticket winners were announced. Best high hand went to Marketta McLemore and the 50/50 winner was Stacie Duckett- both winners donated their prize money back to Stephanie.

 

Some final notes…This ride was hosted by the family and friends of Stephanie, who wanted to help support a great friend, person and lady that they all knew and loved. My husband and I attended this ride and it was such an honor and privilege to do so. There were about 46 bikes that rode about 87 miles for Stephanie, and the total amount of money raised was $2200.00 for her and her family.

 

Stephanie’s last thoughts in her own words… she would like to thank each and every one of the riders that came out and supported her for this poker run ride- she said she is truly blessed to call each of you family! She wants to give special thanks to Duckies, American Legion Fultondale, Sayre Bar and Grill, Veteran’s Brotherhood club and Bent Horn saloon and to all who organized the ride, all the blockers that helped to make the ride safe, the bartenders, servers and cooks that took care of everyone and the DJ that kept everyone entertained. She said she wishes she could have hung in with everyone all day, but she made it longer than she expected. Much love and respect to you all! 2020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 12020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 22020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 32020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 42020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 52020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 62020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 72020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 82020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 92020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 102020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 112020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 122020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 132020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 142020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 152020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 162020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 172020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 182020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 192020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 202020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 212020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 222020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 232020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 242020 Poker Run for Stephanie Holland Miller 25