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November 25, 2011

It would be great to see skateaid run in Ireland and id be interested in helping out, if theres anyone else out there like minded get in contact. Im Nick from

Nigel Carter

September 23, 2011

Loved Skater Aid last year and looking forward to a really good time this year. Bringing my cousins (Skater Aid first timers) along for the fun.

Nasiir West

September 23, 2011

Hopefully me & my cousin are here. We're ready to skate.

Guitar Decatur

September 21, 2011

We are proud to support such a wonderful cause.

Amy St. Laurent

September 15, 2011

Looking forward to this! My son (8.5 yrs) LOVES skateboarding!! He's so excited!

amy stillwell

September 6, 2011

THIS IS HANDS DOWN THE COOLEST THING EVER!!! You can absolutely count on me and my son being a part of this! We just moved from San Antonio, Texas and knowing that I've found a community that gives a shit and does it in such a kick ass way ... it gives us hope!!!

Bridgett Humphrey

August 27, 2011

I ran across this event on the BTFC website. My cousin, Scott Bulber, and I will be there to support this great cause.

Anne Hanson

August 17, 2011

I have signed up with Cathy Keeler.

Anne Hanson

July 26, 2011

I am very happy to be working at SKATER AID this year. I will be at Gate 3 during the evening shift from 4:30 PM to 7;00PM. I am looking forward to seeing some current and past friends there
. It is a pleasure to work for this worthy organizanition.
Love to all,
Anne Hanson.
Anne Hanson

Mary Campbell Moore

October 12, 2010

It gets better and better every year indeed! Even with the rainy weather, all of you dedicated Decaturites found a way to make it all happen - and in just as big a way. Congrats and THANKS from all of us at the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children to everyone involved in any way!

Patrice Eastham

September 27, 2010

Wow, I can't believe how great SkaterAid turned out this year! Every year it just gets better and better. I want to thank our emcee, Sean Watkins, and Ross Brandt who gave SkaterAId it's new look, and designed the awesome t-shirts. The bands rocked it. The decks were fantastic and brought in lots of cash for the brain tumor foundation. And the skating in the warehouse was an amazing scene. Thanks so much to the hundreds of people who helped make it happen! We're putting together the results and will post in here when the dust settles. In the meantime, please post your feedback and your photos and vids on the SkaterAid Facebook page.


September 18, 2010

These are all so amazing. Fantastic show. as always. :)

Good Luck to you all!!
With luv,
Caridad (Kimberly's friend)

Mary Campbell Moore

September 16, 2010

SkaterAid is the coolest event ever! The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children is once again so honored and appreciative to be the recipient of the proceeds in 2010. Thanks so much to all our SkaterAid friends - and every person involved in making this event happen - for all you do, which in turn helps so many kids and families at the most difficult time of their lives.

Looking forward to another awesome day on 9/26!

Matt Stoeckel

March 23, 2010

Please tell Rahim Carlock his work is, as usual, excellent. Peace.



January 11, 2010

yoo i will be there on the 17th sounds like fun :D

kevin berry

November 6, 2009

For a brief period when i first moved to atlanta i was housemates with Ian,s parents.Good people and please donate to this great cause


October 5, 2009

When's the next time it takes place?

donna moody

September 27, 2009

Next year, let me know when SkaterAid will take place. My students would love to compete in the art auction - designing skate boards.

Brandie Kochan

September 23, 2009

This is an amazing tribute! I really see the need to skate on and get kids outside, there is an large concept that I would love to pitch to this group about a skate park...etc. Please forward this onto those interested in growing Atlanta's skate community. Thank you for all your awesome efforts.

Nigel Carter

September 22, 2009

This will be my first Skater Aid. Really Excited & Looking forward to it.

Brent Garcia

September 19, 2009

Hi! My husband,Albie is doing your video work and my daughter did a board. I had a brain tumor and am very axcited about this cause! Please let me know how I can help! Brent Garcia

Sethtafari Berman

September 14, 2009

Fat-Cat Crew/Clothing FOR LIFE

DOWN SOUTH Concrete & Steel

Connor Poovey

August 31, 2009

Hey i have skated in skateraid for the past three years now and i recently started an urban art club at my school.... and we do some graffiti work writing with cans... a good bit of us skate but basically i wanted to know if a few of us could do some skateboards for the auction? if not please tell me

red and mark

July 29, 2009

We will be sumitting an art deck as we have discussed. Looking forward to it.

Vernon O'Meally

July 22, 2009

definitely coming to support willing to volunteer and also I will submit art deck


April 15, 2009

What a phenomenal site for a phenomenal cause!!! Awesome, and I can't wait for Skateraid 2009 !!! :D

Cathy K.

October 7, 2008

Enjoyed helping out and being part of such a noble event! Happy that we did so well on all levels....

Travis Murphy

September 23, 2008

Loved it. A truly touching event. My father had a brain tumor when I ws a child so I'm all for Skateraid. I'll definately be back next year!


September 23, 2008

Stand by for photos - it may take a few weeks. If anyone has photos please send to me at so I can post them!

mike procaccini

September 22, 2008

where can we find pictures and videos at?


September 22, 2008

Another great SkaterAid! Look forward to many more. Many thanks to all who made it happen.


September 21, 2008

Alina, great idea! As a matter of fact I spoke to David at Atlanta Rocks about that very idea just today. While he doesn't have access to a portable climbing wall, he is a great supporter of SkaterAid and we will pursue the idea for next year. Glad you enjoyed the day - it was a great one! - Patrice Eastham


September 21, 2008

yay! this was amazing, as usual!

i have a there any way to set up a rock climbing wall for next year? i can talk to some folks from atlanta rocks and see if they would like to help somehow. Laura i think you do most of the if its at all possible for you to get back to me about this idea...that would be great! :)

Patrice Eastham

September 14, 2008

We'll get the online auction up and running next year. This year, if you'd like to bid on a board, the best thing to do is find a proxy that can be at SkaterAid. I will be glad to serve as your proxy or help you find one! The other thing you can do is donate directly to the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children on behalf of SkaterAid.


September 14, 2008

Can't be there . . . wish there was a way to bid online for the great art. How can your virtual fans/friends help?


August 27, 2008

i can't for skater-aid to come to the ATL


August 10, 2008

May everyone be as blessed as I


August 4, 2008

Looks like a cool event held for a very cool reason. I grew up in Santa Cruz, Calif. and I'm glad my new home (Decatur) has plenty of skating vibe. I'll be there. Charge.


March 9, 2008

so i know this is kinda past skateraid, but i just stumbled back to this page. i dont know how many people actually knew Ian who attended skateraid, but it was so soo great to see people just "chilling" and enjoying that wonderful thing we call life. there is not a single day that goes by that i dont think about my Ian, its still really hard. But i guess all im saying is Thanks to everyone! skateraid is one of the events i look forward to each year (the other being Grayton). so im just really grateful that this thing got organized and i cant wait until next year!!!
shred for ian!

~peace, love, and grayton


December 7, 2007

awesome event. check this site peace


October 20, 2007

skater aid was awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I went to the 2nd and third.
so skateraid is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!
keep on shreding Ian,


October 16, 2007

Thanks to all of you...the volunteers, sponsors, artists, musicians and attendees...we raised $11,630 for the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children! This meant so much to the organization and we appreciate the hard work and generous spirits of all of you who were part of SkaterAid 3!


October 11, 2007

Had a great time and was honored to help with such a great and noble organization. Loved having all the kids there! Congratulations to the founding team....excellent event.

Laura Deming

September 19, 2007

What can I say?! I am so honored to be part of this event and to live in the wonderful community of Decatur, whose citizens turned out in great numbers (over 700 strong) to show their support for one another and particularly, for the Wochatz family. I so appreciate the 80+ volunteers and the wonderful musicians, artists and sponsors who make SkaterAid possible. Hats off in particular to Patrice and Volkmar, Thomas Taylor from Stratosphere, Olive Hagemeier and the awesome trash team, Rhahim Carlock, Dave and Carol Blanchard, Jack Brantley, Randy Lane and the many other folks who worked for hours prior to the event to make it the huge success it was. How great is it to have so much fun, remember a very special young man and honor his amazing family, and raise money for such a worthy cause? Who's ready for SkaterAid 4?!? Love to all, Laura

Mary Campbell

September 18, 2007


Good Morning Board of Directors of BTFC!

I wish you all could have been with me yesterday for SkaterAid, which was absolutely incredible! There was a huge turnout of kids, teens and families for an extremely well-organized and exciting event. As you know, this event was held in celebration of the life of Ian Wochatz, who died at age 15 on July 4, 2005 from a brain tumor.

It was so inspirational to see Ian's wonderful parents - Ruth and Volkmar - and their great friends, including organizers Laura Deming and Patrice Eastham, Gary Capaluto (who did a great job as emcee), and dozens of other people work so hard to make the event successful. So many local businesses and artists joined in that it seemed as though the entire city of Decatur came out to support the event. I met so many terrific people. Everything was donated - the space at East Decatur Station, all the food and drinks, the SUPER high school bands who played during the entire event, the beautifully decorated skate board decks that were auctioned off, a refurbished scooter up for bid, raffle items, etc. Kids who weren't skateboarding were enjoying face painting, sidewalk chalk and more.

I am sure you join me in feeling honored and extremely grateful that the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children was chosen as the recipient of the proceeds from the Third Annual SkaterAid. As I said to the crowd yesterday,it is very heartwarming to see families who have suffered such a terrible
loss, and those who care for them, hold an event such as this to help otherfamilies who are suffering.

To Ruth, Volkmar, Laura, Patrice, Gary, Thomas and everyone else involved: Thank you on behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children! Even though it will take a bit to calculate the results, we thank you in advance for your hard work and dedication.
Congratulations on a huge success! And if any of you want to give up your day jobs and go into event planning, please let me know. We may have a place for you here!

Charles Vickery

September 17, 2007

This was my third year of volunteering for Skateraid. I look forward to many more. Ian was my son's good friend and we enjoyed Ian's company on many trips to the beach and the ski slopes over the years. What a great kid.

Patrice Eastham

July 9, 2007

Leon - Thanks for your post. I've put a few photos of Ian on the photos page - I'm having technical difficulties getting them on the Story page but agree they would be better there. I'll work on it though!

Leon Bryant

July 7, 2007

I just spoke with Ruth today. I'm her brother. She
pointed me to the site. What you're doing is
really great. I have one request. Can you
put a picture of Ian skating on the Story page?
Two years afterward, I find myself needing
to see his face again. Thanks again!

Susan Bryant

July 6, 2007

Thank you! This web page update is wonderful!
July 4th was the second anniversary of Ian Wochatz's death. Ian loved fireworks and so it was fitting that he took his last breath as the Decatur Georgia fireworks on July 4th, 2005 blasted off.