6th Annual Wyatt D. Eisenhaur Memorial Poker Run

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By Loreto Cruz III

HERRIN -- You may have seen quite a few motorcyclists on the road on Saturday. Hundreds of them were riding during an popular annual poker run.

The 6th Annual Wyatt D. Eisenhaur Memorial Poker Run kicked off on Saturday Morning. The steady stream of bikers made its way through several southern Illinois towns, stopping at veteran memorials in several towns.
 
Fred and Gay Eisenhaur started the event six years ago, after their son was killed overseas in 2005. They say that they're very proud of what the program has become and are thankful for all those who support it.
 
"Our family just feels overwhelmingly blessed," said Wyatt's mother, Gay. "Our heart just overflows."
 
She said that times were tough after they lost their son and that they tried to carry on how they think their son would have wanted.
 
"You kind of have a choice," Gay explained. "I guess you can wallow in your misery or you can decide that you can get out and make a difference. To honor Wyatt's name, our choice was to get out and make a difference."
 
The event has evolved over the years. The custom now is to raise awareness for specific issues  that affect veterens. At each stop this year, riders put on small programs about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
 
The event ended on Saturday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pinckneyville.
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