Iowa State Fairgrounds January 13 and 14th 2007
Des Moines, Iowa (October 16, 2006) - It wasn’t long ago that most of us were cheering Cody Gilmore on at events like the National Arenacross series, (where he was the Rookie of the Year for the 04-05 season), Loretta Lynn’s, (250/Open B Stock Champion in ’03), as well as many national and local events alike. Today, racing has taken a backseat to an all together different battle that Cody faces. Shortly after Loretta Lynn’s this year, Cody was diagnosed with cancer. Cody started to have back pain that made it difficult for him to even stand or walk and eventually losing feeling to his legs all together.
Gilmore, 18, of Spencer is now making trips to Rochester, Minnesota. He’s receiving treatment at the well known and highly regarded Mayo Clinic. He’s gone through several surgeries already to try to remove some of the cancer that is in his back. He’s walking now and at this point and trying to regain full use of his legs. He started chemotherapy on August 21st and has been receiving chemotherapy treatment since. I spoke him and he’s very appreciative of all the support, prayers, and well wishes that he’s received and he said, “Thank you” to all of you that are thinking about him. His spirits are high and he looks forward to making a full recovery.
At the 2007 Dirt, Street and Snow Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on January 13th and 14th we will be holding a MX vs. ATV Unleashed Tournament with 100% of the proceeds going to help Cody and his family with the extra costs that have come with along with the chemotherapy treatments. The tournament will run all Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 2PM. The tournament format will consist of a $2.00 donation for one try, or 3 try’s a $5.00 donation table. As an incentive to all the players, each winning player from each game will receive a prize from one of the show sponsors. On Sunday, the winner of the tournament will be playing for a prize valued at more than $500.00.
Cody and his family aren’t the type to ask for help so it is up to us to help the Gilmore’s out during this trying time in their life.
Any questions, ideas, donations, etc. can be sent through e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 515-556-0626.