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12.31.2008
WESTERN WISHES CELEBRATES FIGHTING SPIRIT OF FAMILY FACED WITH ADVERSITY

Santa Maria, CA—CBR and Western Wishes is proud to reward the fighting spirit of the Towe family at the Biloxi Championship Bull Riding on Saturday, Jan 3rd. The family who loves bull riding and the “western” way of life, has not one, but two children battling leukemia.

Darrell (16) and Anthony (5) exemplify the grit and determination to get through a difficult time. Anthony recently lost his leg to complications from chemotherapy, but does extremely well with his prosthetic, enjoying his favorite things—riding his pony and fishing. Darrell was diagnosed 4 months ago with leukemia and is on chemotherapy and routine blood transfusions. His biggest challenge has been not being able to play football with his team members.

The Towe family of six, from Gulf Port, Mississippi, has experienced more adversity in the past few years than most families will experience in a lifetime. Not only are they tending to their kids medical needs, but they lost their home in Hurricane Katrina. It is suspected that the formaldehyde in the FEMA trailers provided for them contributed to the leukemia diagnosis.

Western Wishes is dedicated to granting wishes to kids and young adults who are critically ill, severely injured or physically challenged. Rewarding the fighting spirit is the mission of Western Wishes.

The Towe family will surely teach us all lessons in human courage. Thanks to the champion bull riders and legendary president, Tuff Hedeman, CBR will truly brighten the lives of these deserving kids, and the family will go home with memories to last a lifetime.