Helping Hands Poker Run LLC is hosting their 30th annual poker run June 5 to raise money for a child in Billings with a serious illness. The money raised helps pay the medical expenses for the child’s family, going directly to the hospital and doctors.

This year, the money will be raised for an eleven year old boy named Tre who was diagnosed with leukemia in December of 2019.

Rosalie Nuno, Tre’s mother, says the support their family is receiving has been amazing.

“This journey when you first start out is so lonely and you’re in shock, it changes your entire life. And so the people that come together for you are what carry you through it.”

Before his diagnosis, Rosalie noticed that Tre was more tired than usual and would have  shortness of breath after walking up the stairs. She also noticed that he had a lot of bruises, was having night sweats and did not have an interest in eating. Rosalie wants to make others aware of the symptoms so they can see any changes in their child.

Billee Clark is the event coordinator for Helping Hands Poker Run LLC. She says the event started after talking with a woman and her kids after a leisure poker run. After talking to them, she found out that the woman lost a son from leukemia and was still paying the medical bills two years later. 

This gave Billee the idea to raise money through poker runs to help families pay off the medical expenses for their child. This started the journey of Helping Hands Poker Run LLC. Billee also says she remembers every name of the child they have helped in the past.

The Poker Run starts east going from the Tap Inn to McFinny’s and will end at the Red Door. They will also be going to the blue cat bar and grill in Huntley, Junction City Saloon in Custer and the Four Aces in Hardin. On top of the poker run, the money is also raised through silent auctions, raffle tickets, t-shirt sales and donations.

“Everybody that donates to this event makes it possible because the more money we raise in the auction, the more money we have to help a family,” Clark said.

Last year, Helping Hands raised money for a little boy named Zeke who was also diagnosed with leukemia. In other previous years, they have sponsored two families at the same time. The organization also creates their own baskets that are sold at the silent auction. The top three  baskets are given to the person who wins the poker run. 

The nonprofit is currently looking for t-shirt sponsors this year, which allows them to sell shirts at 100% profit. In the past, they have had about 60 t-shirt sponsors from businesses like the Cherry Tree Inn and RPM performance. 

To learn more information or to find out how to become a sponsor, visit the Helping Hands Poker Run Facebook Page or call 406-252-0924.