The third annual Fishin’ For The Cure was held June 12, 2010 at Ft. Peck Reservoir near Ft. Peck, Montana. The weather was gloomy, cold and rainy on Friday, then immediately before the rules meeting began, the weather cleared and a beautiful rainbow appeared in the big blue sky that Montana is so famous for.
Saturday morning was beautiful and sunny, and the 23 teams of fishermen took off in their boats as the horn sounded at 7:00 am. It was a great day of fishing, and the largest fish of the day was pulled in by Matt Siegle, founder of Fishin’ For The Cure, and osteosarcoma warrior since 2003. It was a walleye that measured a whopping 31 1/2″!
Cash prizes were awarded for the first three places in both the walleye and northern pike categories, as well as trophies for the first place teams in both categories. Following the tournament and award ceremony, a BBQ was held for about 200 people.
Prior to the tournament, another event that we did on Friday evening was “Be Brave and Shave”. Participants collected pledges ahead of time, and on the spot, and had their heads shaved in support and awareness of fighting cancer. This event started a few years ago, with Matt’s nephew and cousins wanting to be participants, and has now grown to include many adults, including the president of Montana Walleyes Unlimited.
Our weekend of activities included about 250 participants and volunteers and raised over $11,000!
[Due to scheduling issues, this Team Sarcoma event was held outside of International Sarcoma Awareness Week.]
June 16, 2009: ‘Fishin’ for the Cure’, a Montana organization that aims to build public awareness of childhood cancer and raise funds to support childhood cancer research, hosted its second annual ‘Fishin’ for the Cure’ fishing derby. The event was held at Rock Creek Marina on Fort Peck Reservoir and was attended and supported by 200 gracious participants—with more than 30 fishing teams and nearly 90 fishermen catching over 65 fish—to help raise money for childhood cancer research.
In addition to the fishing derby, this year was host to ‘Be Brave and Shave’, where 11 children and adults collected donations to shave their heads in an effort to raise awareness for childhood cancer. The total fundraising efforts has yielded $9,000 thus far, nearly doubling last year’s achievement.
Derby winners for the Walleye species were the teams of: Eddie Mindt, Pete Young, Wendi Ross, and Scott Wiles; with Pete Young catching the largest Walleye of the day. And the winners of the Northern Pike species were the teams of: Randy Hansen, Mike Gibbs, and Scott Woodward; with Patrick Smart reeling in the largest Northern Pike. There are hundreds of thousands of patients struggling with childhood cancer across the world, and Montana is home to some of these cases and several were in attendance to support and be honored at the ‘Fishin’ for the Cure’ event—they are the real winners.
Major sponsors for the ‘Fishin’ for the Cure’ fishing derby include: Walleyes Unlimited, Ball Ranch, Rock Creek Marina, Siegle Inc., Subway of Glendive, Wheat Montana, and Printing Creations. In addition, there was an outpour of support from many other businesses and community members to ensure a successful event. “With the incredible support, ‘Fishin’ for the Cure’ was able to help fund a research grant going to Baylor College of Medicine, where there is hopes of closing in on a cure,” says Matthew Siegle, Founder of ‘Fishin’ for the Cure’ and an Osteosarcoma patient who has been battling his fight for six years. “We are elated with the success of this year’s fishing derby and hope that you continue to support us on our quest to help find treatments for childhood cancer.”
The third annual “Fishin’ for the Cure’ fishing derby is planning to return to Fort Peck Reservoir next June and as information is available it will be posted to www.fishinforthecure.com.
[Due to scheduling issues, this Team Sarcoma event is being held outside of the International Sarcoma Awareness Week.]
UPDATE: 60 people attended this event!
What: Fishin’ for the Cure
When: July 12, 2008, at 8:00 AM
Where: Hauser Reservoir, near Helena, Montana
Fishin’ for the Cure is a fishing tournament that will raise public awareness of sarcoma and funds for sarcoma research. Boating and shore anglers are welcome, and prizes of $25-200 will be awarded for the largest walleye, rainbow trout, perch and carp in both the morning and afternoon. A BBQ and Awards Ceremony will follow the tournament. The entry fee for shore anglers is $25 per person, $12 per child under age 12. The entry fee for boat anglers is $50 per person, $25 per child under age 12. Every child under age 12 who enters the tournament will receive a prize. Click here to view the tournament rules, regulations, and prize charts.