Father Has Cancer, Duplin County Bikers Provide Christmas For Family

By: Dave Jordan/Carly Swain
By: Dave Jordan/Carly Swain

Some bikers are coming to the rescue in Duplin County to provide Christmas for a family whose father is battling cancer.

Brian "Rerun" Braswell of the Kenansville based "Helping Hands Brotherhood of Bikers," puts is simply. "They were caught broadsided."

Braswell is talking about the Swart family. Deanna Swart says her husband Glenn was diagnosed with lymphoma in July- and he had a lot of complications from that. So for six months- Deanna has stayed home with Glenn-- helping him fight the cancer as best they could. Christmas kind of snuck up out of nowhere for the family of four.

Glenn says "After being out a of a paycheck for six months--didn't really know where Christmas was comin from."

That's where "Helping Hands Brotherhood of Bikers" stepped in, first providing a Thanksgiving meal, and now helping out with Christmas.

The bikers are providing food, gifts for the kids, and a new bed to make Glenn's time at home easier. It's part of the $40,000 this brotherhood has spent just helping their community this year. And Braswell says they are more than happy to do it.

And the Swarts say they are simply grateful. Glenn says, "It takes a lot of pressure off my soul."


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  • by Sandy Location: Trenton NC on Dec 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    I will agree with some of the comments on this posting. Go by an check on your neighbor they might need some help, I think this is awsome.. People that can help will not but people that have the least will give the shirt on their back to help out. Got BLess these Bikers and all the rest, I have a few bikers friends also..
  • by Biker Dude Location: Waffle House on Dec 19, 2011 at 01:16 AM
    I been thinking about this story all weekend and it occured to me that no matter how much good you do in life some people tend to dwell on something you done that they didn't like. I have done some things that I wasn't too proud of but I got past them and tried to do better. I respect any motorcycle club that does good for the community. I hope Dixon and Al can find forgiveness in their hearts this christmas. Well my breakfast just got to the table. Just remember its like that old song "All you need is love" Yall have a great day!
  • by Anonymous Location: DC on Dec 18, 2011 at 04:19 PM
    It is good that the bikers in DC have helped this man. I do have to agree with B-Dixon, the comments being posted are not about the group and what they did, they are about certain people. I can say that I agree with other comments about how bikers always seem to get bad names associated with them which is wrong because not all bikers are bad. I am glad that this man has recieved a blessing and I pray that God continues to bless him and his family and bring them through this troubling time.
  • by Amazed Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 17, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    I am truly amazed by some of the rude and degrading comments on this story. Instead of spending your time bashing people, go see if your elderly neighbor needs a hand getting their trash out or make sure they're warm and have food! I think these men and women helping this family should be applauded because apparently they have God in their hearts and on their minds. I don't see them up here bashing any of you. A lot of folks are struggling right now...turn all that negative energy and do something positive with it.
  • by B-Dixon Location: DC on Dec 17, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    After reading this article and these comments, I must say I see both sides. There were no negative comments about the biker club, just about the leader. I don't think anyone disputes that the group is doing good work, but if their leader owes everyone in town, then he needs to pay his debts. Somebody he owes money to might need it just as bad as anyone right now. Hopefully this club has enough oversight that would prevent him for skimming off the top, but I certainly would have reservations about donating money knowing that he is in charge. Kind of like Obama, I don’t mind paying my fair share of taxes, but I just don’t want to give him any more to blow.
  • by Steve Location: New Bern on Dec 17, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    As a fellow biker that takes part in fund raisers and benefit rides etc. it just kicks you in the gut to hear people try and bring down the GOOD we do and stand for. We help no matter what! race or religon, none of that matters to us WE JUST WANT TO HELP THOSE IN NEED! we have all been in a bad place or two in our lives and some of us found a way to get where we need to be and are proud to be able to help. Even as much as I dislike what I am about to say it's still true "we would even help the negative idiots that talk crap" if they to were in a situation as bad as this family is in. God bless this family and everyone that helps brighten someone else's life. Merry Christmas to everyone and enjoy the New Year.
  • by Me Location: ENC on Dec 17, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    This is an awesome story! I lost my job back in October and my husband has been working two jobs to help provide, it is nothing like this family is going through but there hasn't been two paychecks and I was worried sick over how we were gonna have Christmas. My point being there are a lot of families struggling out there but to have a parent who is very sick breaks my heart for those children and it is wonderful to see the guys helping this family. My prayers are with this family and my blessings to the bikers for your help! Merry Christmas to everyone!!
  • by Biker Dude Location: Down by the river on Dec 17, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    I don't know Truth Seeker or Reruns is but I do understand how full of hate "Truth Seeker" sounds. Anytime some group does a noble deed some unknown person has a comment trying to tear it down. Truth Seeker sounds bitter but hides behind a screen name taking cheap shots at people that are helping others. I think the world would be a better place if everyone helped more people in need. Truth Seeker included.
  • by Alice Location: New Bern on Dec 17, 2011 at 09:29 AM
    I think it is wonderful what the Duplin County Bikers are doing. GREAT JOB GUYS. Keep up the good work.
  • by Really?? Location: Beulaville on Dec 17, 2011 at 07:34 AM
    I can't believe some of the comments on here!! A group decides to do something to help a less fortunate family out and people start finding negative things to say?? This is a sad world we live in! And I'm sure all the "negative posters" have skeletons in their closet as well. We ALL do!! I think the club has done a great thing, and I can find no negative in that! Keep up the good work guys, you do have supporters that appreciate what you do!!
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