Wednesday, August 29, 2012


The Twister Combine will have a 250 mile benefit cancer race on October
20, 2012 from Hugo, Oklahoma.  Proceeds from this race will go to help children battling cancer.

Funds are raised through (1) direct donation, (2) AU banded pigeon racing, and (3) auction.  Anyone and everyone are invited to take part.

To race a combine bird, the bands cost $10 each and will be sold until October 19, shipping day.  Proceeds will be presented on behalf of the winner and the Twister Combine.

If you are a fancier yourself and would like to fly your own birds, please send your birds along with the $10 donation to the Combine.  (At this point in the year, this applies to the 2013 race.)

This year’s auction features 2 footballs signed by the Iowa Barn Stormers arena football team’s NFL potentials.  Donations are provided by event chairman Jerry Smith’s nephew, a past team member.  “We’re trying to get more pigeon racing clubs involved in helping kids in their area.  If we can get clubs to work together, even the $10 donation will help the recipients with gas money,” says Jerry.  He hopes to obtain more items signed by celebrities to auction off for more donation recipients.

For information about this Race, contact:
Jerry Smith Twister Combine President at 620-743-3039.
Send any email correspondence to

Donations may be sent to:
St. Clair County State Bank 
680 North 2nd 
P.O. Box 539 
Osceola, Missouri 64776

The goal for this year’s benefit is to raise enough to help the families of the following:

MISSOURI – Courtney

This is Courtney.  She will be fifteen in September this year.  She is infatuated with the color pink and Paris’ Eifel Tower.  Her bedroom is covered with the theme:  pink walls, Eifel Tower statues, pictures, jigsaw puzzle, and quilt.  Her two cats are her buddies.  She has done well in cheerleading and gymnastic competitions.  She may not be into boys yet, but she loves Justin Bieber.

Courtney just started her highschool freshman year when she experienced stomach pains and was diagnosed with stage 3 lymphoma.  Treatment is out of state, in Memphis, Tennessee.  Courtney lives in Missouri.  She spent April through July in treatment.  The family now goes back and forth five to six weeks, spends a week, and then comes back for a few days.  This lasts for four treatments.  This session of treatments will continue through mid-September, and then the family will travel back and forth for another month for heavier chemotherapy treatments.  Right now, Courtney is homeschooled to protect her immune system.  Once Courtney is on maintenance treatments, she will be able to go back to school.  Maintenance treatments continue for two or more years.

Courtney’s dad is retired navy and was working full time until the economy forced elimination of his job.  He is currently going to school to retrain, which keeps him away during the day.  Her mom works full time as an accounting clerk.  Courtney’s grandmother takes care of her during the day.  Saying the family’s budget is stretched, would be putting it mildly.

IOWA – Alivia

This is Alivia.  As a typical young girl, she loves to play with Barbies, ride her bike, go camping with her family, and play school.  She also loves sports:  soccer, softball and volleyball. 

This picture was taken when she was a flower girl in a wedding in 2011, one month before she was diagnosed with Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or Ph+ALL for short. While the ALL part of this cancer is very common among children, the Ph+ part is extremely rare. It is most common in adults and most often results in death.

The cure rate among children and a defined treatment is unknown so Alivia is in a clinical study to help children in the future have a "road map" to follow to find a cure.  Alivia’s family lives 100 miles from the hospital where she receives chemotherapy and medication.  She is admitted every three weeks for 5 to 6 days at a time, for three years. 

Disease is an overwhelming challenge in the first place.  In addition to that massive burden, Alivia’s mother can work only part time when possible.  She must care for Alivia at home; as Alivia is unable to be around others during this process due to her lowered immunity.  Needless to say, expenses have grown quickly.