Benefit To Be Held For Ashville Truck Driver, Veteran

Those closest to Ashville native David Hanson know full well about his caring spirit and willingness to help others.

But when the 61-year-old truck driver and Navy veteran was severely injured in May after unloading his tractor trailer in Richmond, Va., it became clear that a community was going to have to pull together and return the favor.

After all, Hanson’s injuries were not ordinary. Suffering both a fractured face and brain damage, he spent a staggering 10 days on life support at a Virginia hospital.

Now on the grueling road to recovery, Hanson hopes to regain some of his earlier mobility and memory.

“I’m just hoping he pulls through,” said Dan Hanson, younger brother of David. “As brothers, we always had our differences growing up. But we’re always there for each other.”

Dan’s wife, Liz, felt equally strong about her brother-in-law.

“From the first time that I met him, he’s just had a big heart,” she said. “If the shoe was on the other foot, he would be there in a heartbeat … that’s just him.”

To aid Hanson – who was an avid biker – and his family with health and travel expenses, Dan and Liz Hanson will be holding a bike run and benefit Saturday.

The bike run will begin at Harley-Davidson of Jamestown in Falconer, with kickstands scheduled to go up at 10:30 a.m. The bike run will culminate at the Llama Club in Ashville, where an official benefit will begin at 1 p.m.

Attendance costs are $7 for adults, $12 for couples, $5 for children and free for children under 5 years old. There will be a discount for those who participate in the bike run.

The benefit will include a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction, door prizes, entertainment, cash bar and kids’ activities.

Food will include pulled beef, potato or macaroni salad, desserts, relish trays and fresh fruit.

For tickets, contact Dan or Liz Hanson at 640-4955.