The day started out quiet at Pala Raceway; until SRH and the crew showed up firing off the bikes and blasting music to the track’s early birds. Before 11am we had an amazing crowd show up to give their support to 5 year old Daleigh Ford who is currently battling leukemia. Starting almost an hour earlier than scheduled, the SRH FMX team as well as other top FMX pros were ready to hit the ramps bright and early. With new tricks and combos, Pro riders Destin Cantrell, Ronnie Renner, Colin “Scummy” Morrison and a few others joined SRH riders Jesse Jolson, Greg Schaaf, Bryce Hudson, Taylor Sterner, Vinnie Carbone, Jason Springfield, and Cal Vallone to put on an amazing show for the crowd.
As the wind picked up the show didn’t stop! Throughout the day SRH BMX Pros Dustin McCarty and Thomas Hancock were tearing up BMX ramps in the middle of the action keeping people on their toes.
One of the main highlights of the benefit was the raffle put on to raise funds for young Daleigh’s recovery and treatment. With massive prizes from companies like SRH, Pro Circuit, Sullen, Osiris, We All Ride, Hostility, Gibson Exhaust, and MANY MANY MORE, the raffle raised more than the original goal and left the door open to bring more events like this and support to the action sports community and the people that need it.
Event coordinator and soon-to-be stepfather Michael Corlee had this to say to the spectators and exhibitors who came out to show their support and fight the heat with the rest of us:
“I just want to begin by saying thank you to everyone that was involved in this day. I am overwhelmed by the support that we received and how fast all of you acted on helping any way you could. Thank you for being part of such a special day for me. You all helped us raise $3410.00 for Daleigh which exceeded our expectations. My fiance, Daleigh’s mother, can’t express enough the overwhelming joy she got from watching the event unfold, and the seeing the for her son in an industry she has always held in such high regard. Everyone had a great time. With the success and support that has come out of this event for Daleigh, we can look forward to making this an annual event to benefit all Leukemia patients and their friends and family. This industry and has given me so many cherished moments in my life and I want to be able to give back. Seeing the success just makes me want to do this again and again and I hope to continue to see all of your support. You are all exceptionally good people in my book and I can not thank you enough.”
For more information on Daleigh and his fight, be sure to check out DMFLeukemia.com and make a donation to help with his special diets and treatment.
SRH would like to extend a huge thank you to photographers Sergio Guiducci, Frank Galante, Kevin Flory, and Bryant Lambert for capturing the best memories of the day. We would also like to thank the Event Agency and Chantelle Boshoff for bringing the crew out and helping out in the SRH camp all day!