Fight­ing for a Cure Freestyle Bull­fight, a suc­cess!

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Bret Beede

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.fight­

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.

Steve Gray

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.

Left Photo by Steve Gray Gary W. Jones For­mer Pro­fes­sional Bull­fighter and Two time Na­tional Fi­nals Rodeo Wran­gler Freestyle Bull­fights Qual­i­fier (1991 & 1992) goes from Pro­fes­sional Bull­fighter to Re­al­tor w/RE/MAX Re­sults-Span­ish Fork and wife Cyndi Jone

Ryan Carter

“Rid­ing on Faith”, Brooke Beede & Chuck Swisher team up at the First An­nual JDRF Freestyle Bull­fight in Span­ish Fork.

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