Fundraisers to benefit son of faculty member June 8 in Huntington

Two fundraisers have been set for June 8 for six-year-old  Avery Patterson, who became ill with Guillain-Barre Syndrome for a second time last fall.  His parents, Brent Patterson and Stacy Bisker, are known in the Huntington community for their volunteerism and for raising awareness for bicycling. Brent Patterson is a graphic design and new media professor at Marshall.

Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a rare  condition  and having it twice is nearly unheard of.  These events will assist  the family to offset expensive medical bills and costs incurred during the boy’s time receiving treatment in Columbus, Ohio.

The fundraisers will begin with a $5 pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima in Huntington. Then at 12:30 p.m., a family-friendly bike ride led by Joel Mullins will start behind the fountain in Ritter Park. Riders may solicit sponsors who wish to donate to the Patterson fundraisers and deliver collected funds at the ride. A sponsor sign-up sheet may be printed out from the Web by visiting

The ride will be followed by a raffle for a new Canondale 21-speed bicycle, donated by Huntington Cycle & Sport.

To help sell raffle tickets for the Cannondale bicycle, Tri-State Cyclists for Veterans is offering to use its PayPal account as a vehicle. Raffle tickets for are $5 each. To purchase raffle tickets through PayPal, use the e-mail address When purchasing a raffle ticket, send an e-mail to the above address with the subject line “Avery.” Deadline for online purchases is Friday, June 7.

Tickets also can be purchased at: Julian’s Market, 1049 12th Street; in Jaye Ike’s office, Smith Hall 160;  and the Cabell Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Heritage Station.

For more information about the events, e-mail