Oakley benefit concert to raise money for Buck Cancer Foundation
Some people in this world make such an impression on those around them that others can’t help but be inspired. According to Kaycee Feild, his father, the late Lewis Feild, was one of those people.
“He had a big impact, not just in the rodeo world, but in the entire western industry,” Feild said. “If you ever ran into him he impacted you in a positive way, no matter what. Even if it was just a 10-minute conservation, you felt good after talking to him. He helped so many people and he was just such a positive guy in every way.”
Peoa’s homegrown, five-time World Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) champion Lewis Feild made a name for himself in the rodeo circuit during more than a decade of riding. He later went on to coach at his alma mater, the University of Utah, where he had the ability to “totally change a student’s day,” Feild said.
In October 2015, Lewis Feild was diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer. He passed away in February. During his battle with cancer, the Buck Cancer Foundation was created “to help show love and support to Lewis Feild and his family,” according to the foundation’s website.
“Buck Cancer started last winter when my dad was sick and people were wanting to do a fundraiser for my family,” Feild said. “A good friend, J.D. Deveraux, stepped up to the plate and helped organize and raise a ton of money for my dad. After that we kind of saw the possibility of how many people we could help and reach out to. David Hicks, with Karl Malone Dodge, has really taken advantage of the rodeo crowd and has realized how great the people are and how much they all want to help.”
Saturday, after the PRCA Oakley Rodeo at around 10:30 p.m., the Buck Cancer Foundation is scheduled to host a benefit concert featuring Nashville recording artists Tim Gates and Josh Kelley. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will benefit Buck Cancer. The Buck Cancer Foundation, in conjunction with Karl Malone Dodge in Heber and the nonprofit The Horse of Many Colors, approached Oakley City about hosting the concert.
“We had so much help and so many people reached out to my family, I almost feel obligated. Like you have to give back,” Feild said. “It would be pretty selfish not to do something so we all kind of stepped up to the plate and we want to help as many people as we can.
“With rodeo you have so many opportunities to touch so many people across the country and across the world,” he said. “They are really down-to-earth people and I’m not the only one that lives by that. It’s just a way of life and you learn to help people and say the right things to the right people at the right time.”
Andy Woolstenhulme, Oakley Rodeo committee member, said the city has always supported fundraising events for those who are dealing with cancer, such as the Tough Enough To Wear Pink campaign, which takes place the same night.
“When Kaycee and our sponsors said they would like to try to put on another fundraiser for Buck for Cancer it made a lot of sense,” Woolstenhulme said. “We always felt like he was a big part of our community with him growing up in Peoa. We have taken pride in Lewis and his family and this is a special way to remember him and everything he did for the sport of rodeo and our community. It’s a great fit to remember him, as well as support those who are going through similar struggles.”
Feild said he hopes the concert will eventually become synonymous with the Oakley Rodeo, adding that “we want to start a tradition” for the families that have been attending the event over the years.
“There are not a whole lot of options in Oakley after the rodeo and we just want to help provide something for the local community,” Feild said. “There are a lot of things that we can help by having this concert, not only the families touched by cancer, but the families that don’t have anything to do after the rodeo. Now they can go to the concert and enjoy fireworks before they have to go home.”
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the Buck Cancer Foundation and families who are affected by cancer, Feild said. He said a foundation committee will select families throughout the western part of the country to support “as many families as we can.”
Feild, who is also a rodeo champion following in his father’s footsteps, said he had the “best coach in the world.”
“I have had a successful career and hope to have 10 more years left in my body,” Feild said. “But one thing he taught me outside of the rodeo was to always be happy. He was always just a happy, go-lucky guy and such an inspirational person to be around. If someone is upset, go help brighten their day. If can see that, just go and say ‘hello’ and ask how they are doing. It could change their life and that is one thing that my dad taught me. If there is someone who could use help, always look for that.
For more information about the concert of the Buck Cancer Foundation, go to HYPERLINK “http://www.buckcancers.com/home.htmlhttp://www.buckcancers.com/home.html.
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