It takes some steady nerves to leap from a galloping horse onto the back of a running steer and wrestle it to the ground. For “bulldoggers” like Kingfisher’s Floyd Cross that prospect brings nary a flinch.
So when Cross found himself eye-to-eye with cancer, his family knew he would never blink first. He fought the disease with the same determination he used to bring down hundreds of steers.
For 12 long years, cancer appeared again and again, invading his colon and liver, giving this cowboy the fight of his life. But new treatments developed through research gave Cross the edge over the disease, and today he is cancer-free.
To celebrate Cross’ victory, his family organized the Cross Family Benefit, a steer wrestling competition where cowboys can compete for prize money and, at the same time, give to cancer and other research areas at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
“My dad wouldn’t be here without advances in medical science and the support of his rodeo friends and family,” said Cross’ daughter Sherrie Cross, who organized the event. In all, 71 bulldoggers came out to compete in this year’s event, including some from Brazil.
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My dad wouldn’t be here without advances in medical science and the support of his rodeo friends and family.”
Floyd Cross’ daughter