Ride for the Fight helps Okeechobee cancer patients

OKEECHOBEE — Local Okeechobee non-profit Ride for the Fight is scheduled to hold its sixth annual bulls and broncs rodeo fundraiser at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Arena on Jan. 5.

Tickets will be $5 for adults and all kids will have free admission. Barrel races are scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and bull and bronc riding starts at 7 p.m.

Ride for the Fight was founded by Nano Corona after he went through a battle with cancer in 2010. At the time Mr. Corona found it difficult to obtain help for himself and others struggling with cancer in Okeechobee.

That experience motivated Nano to found Ride for the Fight in 2013 with the goal of using 100 percent of the money raised for helping patients and caregivers right here in Okeechobee County.

Bull and bronc riding starts at 7 p.m. at the sixth annual Ride for the Fight on Jan. 5. Photos by Richard Marion.

“We started Ride for the Fight in 2013 to help people in Okeechobee with their fight against cancer,” said Mr. Corona. “We had our first bulls and broncs fundraiser back in 2014 and I’m so glad we are having our sixth now. Fundraising is not easy but our community here in Okeechobee makes it a heck of a lot easier with their generosity.”

During the summer of 2018 two local organizations made major contributions to Ride for the Fight.

On May 12 the Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association raised over $5,000 with its inaugural poker run for the non-profit. A few weeks later on June 6 Jersey Mike’s of Okeechobee donated over $12,000 to Ride for the Fight as part of the company’s National Day of Giving.

“I really like that Ride for the Fight is dedicated to helping people in Okeechobee; all the money they receive stays local,” said Jersey Mike’s co-owner Krissy Culbreth. “This was our second year working with them. In 2017 we helped raise money for a little boy battling leukemia named Carson. I have a daughter around his age, so I felt very compelled to help him.”

Ride for the Fight’s mission is to help patients experiencing medical hardships, as well as their caregivers. They’ve helped patients buy groceries or pay electric bills, as well as helped buy fuel to make trips to doctor appointments less expensive.

“Staying local and having 100 percent of the money to be used for the residents of Okeechobee was my goal and I am proud to say we are still doing it today,” said Mr. Corona.

“Krissy and Bert Culbreth were so generous to dedicate Jersey Mike’s Day of Giving proceeds to us. That was awesome.”

During the rodeo on Jan 5 Ride for the Fight will have plenty of activities for attendees including a raffle and a barbecue supper prepared by the Junior Cattlemen’s Association and the FFA.

The event will also have the ever-popular calf scramble for children 10 years and younger where the kids attempt to grab ribbons off of a herd of calves in the hopes of winning a prize.

The sixth annual Ride for the Fight will feature a calf scramble for kids aged 10 and under. Photos by Richard Marion.

To keep up with Ride for the Fight, visit their official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rideforthefight/.

Richard Marion is a staff writer and photographer at Lake Okeechobee News and can be reached at rmarion@newszap.com.

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