Benefit ride planned for Wyatt Spann

Posted 1/11/20

Hundreds of vehicles will descend on Winfield on Saturday, Jan. 18 for a ride to benefit Wyatt Spann and his family.

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Benefit ride planned for Wyatt Spann


Hundreds of vehicles will descend on Winfield on Saturday, Jan. 18 for a ride to benefit Wyatt Spann and his family.

Wyatt, 4, of Winfield was diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2018. Recent scans showed the cancer has taken over his brain, and doctors are preparing his family for the fact that his long, valiant fight may soon be over.

He was brought home from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Tuesday. The family was met with a parade of vehicles to escort them through the streets of Winfield, which was lined with well-wishers.

Vehicles of all types are encouraged to participate in the upcoming ride, which will go from Winfield to Guin and back. The cost to participate is $20 per vehicle. 

At least 150 vehicles are expected to be making their way to Winfield from Jasper, according to Molly Reisner of Walker County Wranglers, a Facebook group for Jeep owners.

"This is getting massive. We have one group from Mississippi saying they're coming with 300 ATVs," Reisner said.

Local drivers, including groups from Jefferson, Cullman and Talladega counties, will meet at Rice Lake Weighing Systems, located at 3300 Industrial Drive, between 10 and 10:30 a.m. Departure time will be promptly at 10:30 a.m. to ensure arrive in Winfield by noon.

The Walker County Sheriff's Office's TJ Armstrong will escort the group to their destination.

"Wyatt loves dinosaurs. I have a flag that I'm going to put Wyatt's name on and I'm going to let everyone who wants to show their support to Wyatt to sign, and I'll fly it on the Jeep," Reisner said.

Other vehicle owners are encouraged to decorate with Wyatt's favorite color, green, and with dinosaurs, which he loves.

Walker County Wranglers previously held a benefit ride and scavenger hunt in the Bankhead Forest for the Spann family in September and raised $1,400. 

Reisner, along with her husband, Don, and Steven Mcdonald and Mark Harris have worked together to organize the initial fundraiser and the local effort for the Winfield ride. 

"I saw Wyatt's story and he just weighed on my heart...He's our superhero and we all have gotten attached by following his story," she said. 

To pay the participation fee in advance, contact Reisner on Facebook. The day of the event, she will be easily identifiable.

"I drive a purple Jeep with pink writing, so I'm not hard to miss at all," Reisner said.