The New Breed donation will completely cover the purchase of Brandon Hempstead’s headstone. Asked how much New Breed’s contribution meant to her and her family, Treasa Hempstead replied, “It means a lot. It’s shocking to me that people would pull together and do something like that. A lot of those guys [in New Breed] don’t even know who I am or who Brandon was. Yet they pulled together and gave me something by which I can always remember my son and them. I can’t say ‘thank you’ enough for what they’ve done. God bless each and every one of them.”
Indeed, in an interview at the Daily News Monday night, Palmer, Maple and fellow New Breed Member Nate “Ratchet” Bowling, confirmed that most of the members of New Breed had never met Treasa or Brandon.
According to Palmer, however, all of New Breed’s membership agrees that Wayne and Summer Maple’s friendship with the Hempstead family is sufficient reason for New Breed to consider the Hempsteads family.
“We’re a family club,” Palmer said. “We all have kids of our own. And we hope that, if something happened to one of us or our kids, someone would step up and help just like we’re trying to do here.”
Wayne and Summer Maple describe Brandon Hempstead as a good, hardworking kid, who was very close to his younger sister Allison. Brandon, they said, was working to save money so Allison could attend college.
“He wanted to open a college fund,” Treasa Hempstead confirmed, “but he never got it started.”
The family still owes $2,500 for Brandon’s funeral expenses, Treasa added, and wants to organize additional fundraisers for sometime in the spring of 2014 – maybe a softball tournament, probably another motorcycle ride.
If there’s any money left over after from the additional fundraisers, Treasa said, the family intends to start a college fund for Allison as a way to achieve Brandon’s goal of sending her to college. It’s likely the members of New Breed will be around to help with any additional fundraisers.