Brad Bolding recently helped organize Back to the Strip Night, which raised money for Meals on Wheels and provided fun and nostalgia for those involved. Now, his friends are organizing a Pullin For Brad truck and tractor pull fundraiser on his behalf. It will be held in downtown Viola this Saturday, July 28, at 6 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m.
Bolding is recovering from a near-fatal aneurysm, which was discovered while he was on a trip in Oklahoma.
“I’m lucky to be here,” said Bolding. “The surgeons at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa saved my life. It turns out that I just happened to go to the best hospital in the nation for this type of surgery.”
Bolding had a splitting headache on Sunday, May 26. He was still experiencing headaches over a week later, but he decided to continue with his plans for a trip with his friends to the Hot Rod Power Tour in Miami, Okla., on June 5. By this time, the headaches had gotten worse and his neck was beginning to get stiff.
Bolding’s friend, Donald Hillis, was traveling with him and talked him into going to an ambulance at the show to have his blood pressure checked. Bolding said his blood pressure was sky high and he was transported to the emergency room.
Tests were done at the hospital in Miami, Okla., which showed a bleeding aneurysm behind his left eye. Bolding was rushed to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla., where he underwent surgery. St. John is a leader in neurosurgery.
Bolding’s surgeon was able to access his aneurysm via an incision in his groin using an aneurysm coil rather than opening his skull with a craniotomy. An aneurysm coil is inserted via catheter to fill in a brain aneurysm.
The coil can stop a ruptured aneurysm from continuing to bleed, or prevent an unruptured aneurysm from bleeding. This is a minimally invasive alternative to open-skull surgery. The surgeon placed a stent in the artery going to Bolding’s brain.
Bolding stayed in Tulsa for three-and-a-half weeks in neurotrauma ICU recovering from his surgery. Surgeons drilled a hole in his head to release blood that formed when his brain started swelling after surgery.
Bolding is now home and continues to improve. Doctors have said it will be at least three months before he can return to work as owner of Rimco Inc., a machine fab and EDM (electrical discharge machining) shop.
He cannot lift anything over 10 pounds until the doctor releases him. “I’m on a mini vacation,” said Bolding, “I’m a lucky man. Knock on wood. I’m still here and getting better every day. My hair is even growing back from where they shaved it.”
Bolding wants to thank everyone for the many cards and phone calls he has received and is still receiving.
“Warren County is one of the best counties a person could live in,” said Bolding. “I can’t begin to thank everybody. The response to my illness has been overwhelming. We’ve got good people in Warren County. You don’t realize how good until you are in this situation and I hope no one ever is in this situation. I’m grateful to have lived through it.”
There will be five classes of truck and tractors competing in the pull. The classes are Pro Stock 4-wheel-drive, 2.6 Diesel Trucks, Economy Hot Rod Tractors, Stock Diesel Trucks, and Farm Class Tractors.
Prizes will be awarded in each class.
Organizer Mary Lee Walker said some of the events are sanctioned and big competitors are coming from Kentucky and surrounding areas.
Raffle tickets for a 223 tactical rifle are being sold for $5 each or five tickets for $20. The rifle will be given away at 10 p.m. You do not have to be present to win the rifle.
Concessions will be available such as hamburgers, hot dogs and nachos.
T-shirts are being sold for $10 and can be pre-ordered for the event. The T-shirts are grey and have red and black writing across the front saying “Pullin for Brad.” To order a T-shirt, call Custom Vinyl at 668-3372.
For more information about the benefit, contact Danny Cummings at 473-5401 or Mary Lee Walker at 205-9495.