The medical plight of a little Neosho girl is the inspiration for the disbursement of funds from a local motorcycle poker run to Boozefighter Charities.

John Glore invites area motorcyclists to participate in Boozefighters Emma’s Run, beginning and ending at the River’s Edge Campground near the Undercliff Restaurant this Saturday, May 3. He welcomes anyone to attend the after-run party.

Glore said the cost is $20 per poker hand.

“And the first bike out will be at 11:30 in the morning, and each participant will be given a sheet of directions as to where the stops are, so they can go at their leisure,” he said.

The first card will be distributed upon leaving River’s Edge, and Glore said additional cards will be collected at Hogs & Hot Rods on old Route 66 at the Missouri/Kansas line, at Happy Jacks on Iris Rd. near Oklahoma, at Hideout Harley Davidson in Joplin, and then upon their return to River’s Edge, formerly the Water’s Edge; where he said riders may purchase a sixth card for $5 in an attempt to better their hand.

Instead of the normal awarding of a first, second and third place prize, Glore said those placements will determine the order of prize selection for the winners. He said the high hand will get the first choice of four prizes; and then the person with the worst hand will get what’s left after the other three choose.

Those prizes are a 32-inch flat screen color television from Walmart, two concealed carry permit classes from School of Weapons Safety, accessories from West 60 Cycle and a tattoo certificate.

Glore expect the last bike to return by 4 p.m., when Bike Games commence until 6, and then the presentation of awards. Then he said the real fun begins. Glore said the $20 poker hand entitles all participants to enjoy the after-run party, and anyone else can pay $20 to join in.

 “We’ve got bands starting at 6:30;” he said. “All of them are local bands. ‘Pit 42’ is going to play. Then another band out of Joplin called ‘Brutally Frank’: they’ve played for us before and so has ‘Pit 42,’ and both of them are great. And then the last band that plays is what they call a red dirt band that’s called ‘Rusty Rose.’ ‘Pit 42’ is from Columbus, Kan., and ‘Rusty Rose’ hails from Fordland.”

Glore said Hillbilly BBQ will have brisket, chicken and pork available; and adds that the price of admission includes camping if you wish to spend the night.

He said proceeds from Boozefighters Emma’s Run are dedicated to Boozefighters Charities, which goes to the Neosho Shrine Club, and Emma will be there Saturday.

Glore said the event was not associated with his grandchild in the first year, as organizers decided they would donate proceeds to some charity; and now this is the third year the motorcyclists will ride in the name of Emma Douglas, the daughter of Erin and Caleb Douglas.

 “That same year,” he continued, “Emma, she was actually diagnosed with mycrocephaly, a minor case of cerebral palsy, and since then she’s also been diagnosed with autism. Essentially what her condition is, her head is not as big as it should be, which causes developmental delays.”

Glore said Emma has been treated at Shriner’s Hospital.

“She’s five years old;” he said, “she’s non-verbal and she is a very happy little girl. She’s the inspiration for Emma’s Run.”