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Old 02-23-2010, 09:07 AM
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Thanks Ron, i was just fixing to post this on here.. but you beat me to it.. here is the main post from N Control RC track owner.. Paul Geartner
Benefiting Brad Smith


You may or may not know Brad Smith. Brad is a long-time racer out of the Dallas area, and frequent traveller to races around the state. He's a great guy... always upbeat, willing to help anyone out, and a pleasure to be around in every aspect of the "good old boy" sense. Brad could make friends with anyone, and always did. You may have seen his yellow and old pickup truck truggy banging its way from pipe to pipe, although I believe the pickup body was retired this year.

In the wee hours following the Race for Make-A-Wish at N-Control, Brad was taking a banner down from the driver's stand. He forgot about the step down from the extension to the main stand, tripped, and rolled forward to fall off the stand. The drop was roughly 8 feet. He likely hit the raise pit lane on the way down.

Brad's injuries include 2 cracked ribs, a fractured eye socket, and 6 fractured vertebrae. He was taken by ambulance to Round Rock Medical Center, and as of this writing is still there.

Brad doesn't have health insurance. The expected range of his stay will be 2 to 7 days, at a significant cost.

I KNOW we all just pulled together at the Race for Make-A-Wish. I KNOW many of you reached pretty deeply into your pockets to make Noah's Wish come true. However, I also very much want to help our fellow racer. I'm going to donate the track's portion of entry fees after expenses to Brad's medical fund. I don't know exactly how much that was as yet, but it's at least $1,000. I'm going to add $100 of my own. If you feel compelled, I invite you to contribute as well.

Donations can be paypalled to [email protected]. Please put "Brad Smith Donation" or similar in the title, since the last thing I need is to pay taxes on it.

Donations can also be made at any race I attend. I'll be at Mike's in Porter for the TXSS Round 1 race. Cash, or make a check directly to Brad Smith.

Hopefully a few others will step up as donation points at their local tracks.

No amount is too small to make a difference. I won't reveal anyone's name, but invite anyone to post your contribution to this thread. If it were me laid up, I would love to know who contributed. This could have happenned to any of us, and I pray we can all pull together to help Brad in his time of need.

I'll be visiting him daily while he's here. If you would simply like to post well-wishes to this thread, I'll be sure to read them to him.

Donor - Amount
R4MAW Portion* - 1250 est
N-Control - 1000 est
Paul Gaertner - 100
Anonymous - 485
TOTAL - 2835

Thank you.
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