Fighting for a Cure Freestyle Bullfight, a success!
On Saturday September 27th we celebrated. That day marked Brooke’s 6th year to the day since her diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes. It may seem strange to celebrate the anniversary of her diagnosis with this dreaded disease, however, we celebrate her Life! We celebrate that God has entrusted her into our care! We celebrate her strengths! We celebrate the fact that there have been significant advancements in diabetic care, largely due to organizations like the JDRF who are relentless in their quest to find a cure. There have been significant advances in Type 1 diabetic care in the past few years.
Since age four, Brooke has championed the fight against diabetes. She battles fearlessly everyday and is a strong supporter of the JDRF, raising funds to further the research. She truly is Fighting For a Cure.
In a “twist of fate” the JDRF’s “Walk to Cure Diabetes” just happened to fall on her anniversary date. It was a torrential down pour on Saturday, September 27th, but come rain or shine, we were going to walk. The sky’s broke just long enough to walk unweathered.
The highlight of our celebration culminated that evening however, in another “Twist of Fate”. The 1st Annual “Fighting for A Cure Freestyle Bullfight” in Spanish Fork inaugurated on Brookes anniversary! www.fighting4t1cure.com
Brooke was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the T1D kids to escort the bullfighters. Brooke drew the name “Swish” for Chuck Swisher, an amazing man from Oklahoma to be her bullfighter. He was very engaging with Brooke from the get go.
e torrential rain by now had now turned the rodeo grounds into a slippery quagmire that was more of a muddy lake than an arena, but again, come rain or shine, or how dangerous it became for them, the bullfighters were going to ght for their kids! Brooke’s cowboy bullfighters “Swish” fearlessly engaged the bull with enthusiastic athleticism and won the 1st “Go Round” advancing him into the nals. Swish then pulled out all the stops in the “Short Go” by drawing the meanest bull of the bunch and jumping backwards over the charging bull who was hell bent on goring him in the back with his horns! Even after the buzzer, Swish still continued engaging the bull and charged it as the bull charged him at full tilt. At the very last second Swish leaped the bull again, winning the championship and Brooke’s 10 yr old heart. Did I tell you that Chuck Swisher is an amazing man? Not only did he give the coveted belt buckle to Brooke, but he donated $1,000 of his prize money in Brooke’s honor to the JDRF! Brooke has another champion in her corner in her relentless ght against T1D! We would like to thank our sponsors: Denny Menholt Chevrolet – Spanish Fork, Fast Gas, REAMS Boots & Jeans – Provo, JMart, Wild Child Cycles, Rock Canyon Bank, Arive Homes, Apple Valley Vision, Creative Signs & Graphics, SX3, Quality Inn-Payson, Security Insurance, Mountain View Hospital, Pirate Electric, PST, Producers Livestock, Best Deal Springs, Rockies Tires, Ryan Mortgage, Salem Smiles, Napa Auto Spanish Fork & Payson, UCCU, Axiom Home Loans, Magleby’s Restaurant.
And for the Raffle Donations: Wild Child Cycles - Bike, SX3 Smith & Wesson 380 Body Guard & 22 shells, Big O Tires of Spanish Fork, Payson & Nephi - $300 Gi Certificate, Reams Western Wear - a pair of Men’s and Women’s Boots, Sportsman’s Warehouse – Muzzle Loader, Ruby River, Cary’s Designs Floral – Flowers, Ryan Mortgage – 22 Riffle, Jones Pro Gear / Benchmade Knives, Fort Knox Gun Safe, One Night Stay at Castle Creek Inn – Reservation Nexus, Ruby River – 2 Dinners for two, Gemstone Jewelry - Earrings. ank you to the participants and to all others who helped in any way.
The move is called the “Ol Swoosh”. It’s a flat foot jump, but backwards. Weston Rutowski and Daryl Thiessen were standing behind the shotgun chute telling Chuck Swisher to do it. Dusty Tuckness was the first to try it in January and Weston tried it in July, only three people have attempted it. “I put my faith in God and knew I had to do something spectacular to win the event. Thank God it worked and thanks to my friends for pushing me to the limit everytime we enter the arena”, stated Swisher.
“Riding on Faith”, Brooke Beede & Chuck Swisher team up at the First Annual JDRF Freestyle Bullfight in Spanish Fork.