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Poker runs raise money for 3 families hit by hard circumstances

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Jacque Waller and her triplets. Jacque Waller and her triplets.

Three poker runs on Saturday raised money for the family of Breeann Rodriguez, the children of Jacque Waller and a 4-year-old leukemia patient.

The first run was held in Leachville, Ark. for the family of Breeann Rodriguez. It raised $4,000 with donations still coming in. The riders were the "Cave Dwellers," that is made up of first responders, police and firefighters.

Police Chief Keith Evans says the death of Breeann "hit hard" in the Arkansas community of Leachville only 6 miles from the Rodriguez' home in Senath.

The run consisted of drivers of around 180 motorcycles from northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri who participated in the fundraiser.

Breeann disappeared while riding her bike near her home in Senath on August 6. Later it was learned that her neighbor, Shawn Morgan told police he suffocated the little girl.

He now faces first degree murder charges.

Chief Evans says the money will be presented to the family of Breeann Saturday at 5 p.m.

The second poker run was held for the children of Jacque Waller. It was held in Cape Girardeau at Bootheel Harley Davidson from 12-4 p.m. Food, shirts, bracelets and raffles were available. The cost was $10 per rider and $5 for a partner.

Jacque Waller was last seen on June 1, 2011 in Cape Girardeau County.

The third poker run of the day was held in Advance for a 4-year-old West Plains boy battling leukemia. 4-year-old Isaac West was diagnosed on April 28, 2011 and has had chemotherapy 5 times.

Family members say he had surgery to remove a kidney tumor on Thursday and is still battling a tumor on his skull.

All the money raised is for travel and medical expenses.

Riders paid a $15 entry fee and made stops in Advance, Marble Hill, Zalma and Bloomfield.

Raffles were held later in the day for the 4-year-old.

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