The Dover Fishing Tournament helps support the fight against cancer in local men

The Dover Fishing Tournament helps support the fight against cancer in local men

Chris Gregory

About five months ago, Michael Byrd received a phone call that no one should have answered. Byrd has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and will undergo several treatments to resolve the problem.

His boss at C&O Marine, Todd Reilly, organized a fishing tournament fundraiser on Lake Barkley in Dover for Beard on November 12, raising the necessary amount of money for his funds.

When asked how he met Byrd, Reilly commented, “I’ve known Michael for over 10 years and know how hard he works. Family comes first whenever anyone mentions him, and he always has a smile on his face.”

To add “fun” to the fundraiser, a fishing tournament was held where many gathered to catch bass and have a meal with those who support Beard.

“We really want to thank Sheriff Tim Eads and his deputies at the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office for taking their time to prepare the food and making sure no one goes hungry,” Reilly said.

By contributing to the fundraiser, Long Creek Customs was able to provide the slide baits and crankbaits. Others such as Lewis Denny and Rami Coulson provided trophies and other fishing poles.

The winners, runners-up and close calls are:

1. Mike Hodges and Nathan Smith, 15.83 lbs;

2. Craig Odom and Rex Schaefer, 15.07 pounds;

3. Tim York and Blake Sills, 14.83 pounds;

4. Sonny Smith and Kevin Yarborough, 14.10 pounds;

5. Archie Story and Chris Dority, 13.61 pounds;

Biggest Bass: Mike Hodges and Nathan Smith, 5.77 lbs.

The prizes, designed and hand-crafted by Mark Talbert, were fish-themed and bore the event’s logo. The winners received a special engraved glass in addition to the main prize, while the runner-up received an engraved wooden award.

Support for Beard is so great that this is the second event the community has come together for. On September 30 of this year, the community came together for a car show called the Beard Benefit Bike Show. The event included a car show, great food and fun for all in attendance.

“We are very grateful for the support and assistance for this event,” Rielly commented. We just got news that Michael is progressing to chemotherapy, so we’re optimistic the cancer will be stopped from growing.

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