2018 GABR Stars Each year GABR Stars are selected to serve as ambassadors for the race. These individuals have received assistance through dollars raised by GABR teams and riders. They help us promote the race by sharing their stories of the impact that GABR has had on them. This year our GABR Stars are:
Asher Olson, 7, loves watching his favorite teams, the North Dakota State University Bison and Minnesota Vikings, before heading outside to play a game of football himself. He takes on his 13-year-old brother, Jaxsyn, and always goes for a tackle.
"He gives all he’s got when he plays,” his mom, Brooke said. "He really enjoys it.”
Asher and his twin brother, Gavyn, were born 5 weeks early. Around 6 months old, Asher’s parents noticed he wasn’t doing the same things as his brother. Asher had a small brain bleed and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
GABR has helped Asher’s family curb costs not covered by insurance including therapy four times a week and orthotics to help him walk.
"To know that you don’t have to fully pay out of your pocket really has helped," Brooke said. "There are no other programs out there to help us, so it’s really great that GABR is there to help kids like Asher.”
By supporting GABR, you help local kids, like Asher, reach their full potential no matter what obstacles stand in their way.
Clint Strommen, 6, spends his days playing Madden NFL on his iPod, watching Star Wars and calling in the cows on his family’s ranch south of Mandan near Fort Rice.
"He’s just like any other kid,” Clint’s mom Sheyna said. "He’s just in an electric wheelchair.”
Clint was born with muscular dystrophy. He has never lifted his hand above his head nor walked on his own. But that doesn’t stop Clint from grabbing a toy he wants, reading a book and beating his 12-year-old brother at video games.
GABR has helped make Clint’s success possible. Funds from the annual event have helped the Strommen family purchase a specialized stroller and part of his nearly $20,000 gold and green wheelchair. Seeing the community come together to support kids like Clint amazes Sheyna.
"When you walk in to GABR and everyone is there for the same cause, it’s pretty overwhelming,” Sheyna said. "Sometimes you feel alone when you have a child with special needs, but gathering all those people together who really care, really shows us we’re not alone."
By supporting GABR, you help local kids, like Clint, continue to live fully and dream big.