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Fundraiser helps Richland boy with cancer

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. -- Almost 400 bikers came out to Ty's Bar and Grill to ride for a poker run and barbecue fundraiser.

The eighth annual charity event will help Alex Keck, a 15 year old  Richland boy who was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer last year.  All of the proceeds will go to his family for their expenses.

"The cost of having to go over to Seattle, missing work and all that.  This is really going to help out with that and it's amazing how many people that I don't even know , I don't think I recognize too many people at all, they;re coming out to help him," says Shawn Keck, Alex's dad.

The winner will receive a full barbecue set donated by Alaskan Brewing Company and Columbia Distributing. 1.


Janis Clardy,  the event organizer says they do this every year, but the cause this year is very important  Alex was diagnosed with stage four liver cancer in April of last year.  Since then, he had a portion of his liver removed and then had to come back for Lymph node removal.  He has undergone chemotherapy in November of 2010, but it didn't work.  He is currently undergoing his second round of Chemo, in hopes of stopping the aggressive cancer.

The poker run and raffles were able to raise more than $12,000 for the Keck family.

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