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October 1, 2014

Fundraiser Saturday to help get van for paralyzed man

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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:48 pm

It’s being called Brandon’s Ride, and it will take place this Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Moody City Park starting at 10 a.m.

The fundraising event is for Brandon Channell, 38, who was paralyzed in a car wreck in October 2012. All proceeds will go toward a handicap-accessible van for Channell, who lives in Moody with his wife, Serena, and daughter, Brooklyn. He has been homebound since coming home from the hospital due to the hardship on his family of not having money to buy a van to transport him anywhere he needs to go, especially doctor’s appointments.

If he has a doctor’s appointment in St Clair County he is able to use the St. Clair Transportation for a fee, but if he has to go to Birmingham his family must incur the to rent a van to transport him.

Friend Mandy Ellsworth was one of the ones who came up with the idea of having this event, along with Mark Ellsworth, Chris Maye, Stacie Looney and Kayla Pace. Together they have been able to make this a reality for the Channell family.

“With only one person working in the family and the cost of medical and home health, they cannot afford the expense of rental fees,” Ellsworth said.

Serena Channell said it's vitally important for her husband to have a handicap-accessible van.

“It would improve his quality of life so much,” she said. “Not just to go to the doctor, but family visits, as well. He missed so much of Brooklyn’s life last year when she was in beauty pageants and school functions.”

Brooklyn is 10 years old and a fifth-grade student at Moody Middle School.

Serena Channell said it’s amazing how some wonderful people have put this event together.

“It has blown me away,” she said. “Some of these people I have never met. They have gone above and beyond expectations. Brandon is planning on being there so he can see family friends.”

The event will last until 4 p.m. There will be live music with Freeband, Zac Doss and David Johnsey performing; food vendors including Big Boyz BBQ, Kona Ice and Paul Jameson with ORS; various booth vendors with arts and crafts, and a variety of items. There will also be items auctioned off. There will be T-shirts and wristbands for sale.

For more information, call Ellsworth at 205-259-3614.

Contact Gary Hanner at

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1 comment:

  • concerned citizens posted at 10:41 pm on Wed, Sep 3, 2014.

    concerned citizens Posts: 13

    This is concerning the Model Award event that people are posting about.

    This is not a true model awards show. Steve Harvey will not be there. This is a bunch of made up bull by some money scheming individual. The categories and so call nominees are not equal and balanced. They have actual professional people competing with people who simple perform the jobs as a side job. Or friends/relatives who were simple put on their ballots. This is nothing that was planned by the city and there are no funds going to the city for this event. This is only the plan of an individual. If you have been led to believe this is a city fund raising you have been misled. This is simple some ghetto fabulous event put together by broke individuals. However if you choose to attend the event feel free to.


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