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Santa needs your help

Santa Claus (Bill Lee) and Frisco Mayor Bill Pelham. Photo by Miles F. Porter IV.

My friend and fellow pack-burro racer Bill Lee had a bad accident Friday and is in intensive care in Denver. Please send positive vibes and prayers for his recovery. Also, his wife Carol is in great need of help with their ranch animals — burros, reindeer, horses, llamas, goats, cows.

If you can help out with any funds for feed, please send a check to Carol Lee, Laughing Valley Ranch, P. O. Box 1810, Idaho Springs, CO 80452.

It’s important to make the check out to Carol as Bill cannot endorse a check at this time.

A gift of just $5 from each Hardscrabble Times reader would buy many bales of hay for the animals at Bill and Carol’s Laughing Valley Ranch.

If you can board an animal please contact me through comments.

Bill is the Denver Mall “Santa Claus” each holiday season and he’s also president of the Western Pack-Burro Association. Many also know Bill as “Redtail the Mountain Man.”

I bought Spike from Bill back in the mid-90s and won four World Championship Pack-Burro Races at Fairplay and several other races with this burro.

From what I understand, Bill was taking a horse to the vet. His truck started rolling. In trying to stop the truck he was caught under a wheel and his chest was crushed.

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6 Responses to “Santa needs your help”

  1. Brad Wann Says:

    If anyone would like to talk directly to me as I am one of many handling the affairs at the ranch please feel free to contact me. 303-906-2269 Brad Wann.
    Thank you so much Hal, this is a great help in Bill and Carol’s time of need.

  2. Maggie Gourlay Says:

    Hi there, I am Brack’s friend and I would love to help any way I can. I am a single mom of two so I don’t have much money or time, but could send a little via PayPal and do have Thursdays free if any of that would help. I’ve not (yet) met Brack’s dad but we think the world of Brack and have heard amazing and wonderful tales of how kickass his dad is.

    Please do let me know if I can help in any way.

    Maggie

    • Hal Walter Says:

      Hi Maggie, if you could send $5 to Carol via regular mail, it would be a great help (we don’t have paypal yet). If you can help out at the ranch give a call to Brad, whose number is below. Thanks! — Hal

  3. Steve Pero Says:

    Man, that’s a terrible accident. I hope Bill is ok…money will be sent.

  4. Steve Pero Says:

    If my fencing was up (just bought the house), I’d help house a couple of animals…I don’t see that happening until later in the year or possibly next year.

  5. George Zack Says:

    Any update on Bill’s status?

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