What is the Cowboy Cancer Crusade?

What is the Cowboy Cancer Crusade?

Inspired by incidents of cancer among family and friends, Dr. Bishop created the West Quest Cowboy Cancer Crusade to promote prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer.

” We have joined forces with the American Cancer Society to make a difference in the fight against cancer” said Dr. Bishop, “Cancer has taken many Western heroes, and has the Cowboy up in arms!”
The “Cowboy Cancer Crusade” is dedicated to:

• Increasing awareness for prevention, early detection and treatment of all types of cancer.

• Raising funds for cancer research and programing

• Fmmitment to eliminate this huge health threat.

There are more than 8 million cancer survivors alive today, BUT over 1600 people a day are dying from cancer. We must take action NOW!

Men and women from all walks of live are encouraged to join the Cowboy Cancer Crusade, which unites those interested in preserving the West with the nation’s leading organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

All funds raised from activities of the Cowboy Cancer Crusade will be invested back into the priority programs of the American Cancer Society, both locally and nationwide.

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St. Judes Trail Ride

St. Judes Trail Ride & Western Heritage Festival

April 27-29, 2007           Midway Trailer Sales, Exit 60on I-55–six miles north of Litchfield, IL





Rick Wheat – World Famous Horse Trainer/ Inventor of Noavel HeadStall   Cowboy of the Year (National Day of the Cowboy)

Trent Loos – The voice of Rural America-his radio program is heard by 5 million listeners

Dr. Ron Johnson – Nationaly prominent equine dentist

Orval Irvin – Mid-West Champion Mounted Shooter

Abby Keegan – Nutrena equine nutrition specialist

Frank Bowman – President of the Illinois Horse Council

Jeff Hildebrandt – Director of the Western’s Channel, America’s best Cowboy Poet

Bob Hamm – World Champion Gun Spinner

Kelesa Walker – 2007 Miss Rodeo Illinois

Corky Helms and Marty Lareg – exhibiting their famous Texas Longhorn Cattle

Bianca Massa – 14 year old horse trainer and her trick horse, Skippy

Ron Hauser – Noted Western Artist

Haley Huff – 2006 & 2007 Illinois High School Rodeo Queen

Entertainment by:

Priscilla Preston, The Saddle Tramps, Orval Irvin, Andy Wiesenhofer, Roger DeWitt, Doug Heaton, and Debby Barnes.


100’S of items donated for the RAFFLE including 3 horses, a new Saddle, 5 complete horse training video kits from National Trainer Andy Bird ($1000 value), horse feed, and much more!


Friday at 1:00 p.m. RICK WHEAT – National Day of The Cowboy, Cowboy of the year, will be correcting bad habits and behavioral problems with horses

Saturday starting at 9:00 am.  Exhibits, Clinics, Demonstrations, Country Western Music and Cowboy Poetry presented by National Famous Entertainers and Experts.

Trail Ride begins at 10:00 a.m. and takes about 3-hours.  A $10 donation will be collected from riders.  Several flights of riders will be sent out.

Sunday Morning at 9:00 a.m. – Cowboy Church presided over by Jeff Hildebrandt

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Cowboy Cancer Crusade 2006

West Quest Cowboy Cancer Crusade at the World’s Largest Rodeo July 24-30, 2006.

Held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) is billed as the “World’s Largest Rodeo” with more than 1,500 contestants from 39 states, Canada, and Australia.  The NHSFR currently rotates every two years from chosen sites with Illinois hosting the event  in 2006 and 2007.  The High School contestants must maintain certain academic standards and reach the National Finals by competing at local, regional and state level sanctioned events. The NHSRA is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the development of sportsmanship, horsemanship and the character in the youth of our country through the sport of rodeo.

Hosted by the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the NHSRA, the West Quest Cowboy Cancer Crusade  presented horse related activities in the Livestock Center every afternoon during the event.  Featuring such notables as: Horse Trainer, Rick Wheat; Equine Dentist, Ron Johnson; Hoof Care Specialist, Chris Gregory, Equine Therapist, Diane Swick, and many other equine specialists, the afternoon sessions were a big hit with horse lovers..  Additional highlights included a special radio “Panel Discussion” hosted by National Radio Personality, Trent Loos,  live western music, featuring the National Touring Duo “The Saddle Tramps” , broadcast taping for TV programs, raffles, and a special celebrity guest, legendary Hollywood Stuntman, Dean Smith

Several major cancer organizations including, the American Cancer Society, St. John’s Cancer Institute, and Sangamon County Health Dept. presented booths featuring information and free literature on cancer awareness and prevention.   On Wednesday afternoon, Doctors and Interns from St. John’s Institute and S.I.U. Medical School offered free head and neck screenings.

Plans are already under way for the 2007 event.  Highlights will include appearances by Celebrity Rodeo Champions, a special Gala opening night event featuring Hollywood Movie Cowboy stars and much, much more.

The Cowboy Cancer Crusade was created to promote prevention and early detection of cancer and encourages Cowboys everywhere to take up the fight.   The Cowboy Cancer Crusade is a program of West Quest, a not-for-profit educational corporation organized to preserve and promote the History, Music, Art and Spirit of the American West.

A special thanks to our 2006 Sponsors:  Midway Trailer Sales, American Cowboy Cancer Crusade, The Illinois Dept of Agriculture, and the National High School Rodeo Association.

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