Kyle Fields was the winner of the fourth annual Dusty Cameron Battle Royale at this year’s Wrestling for a Cure event, held July 18, at the 8th Street Gym in Springfield, to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Midwest Aftermarket is the event’s main sponsor, and Wrestling for a Cure has raised more than $40,000 for St. Jude in the past four years.
Part of the event honors the memory of Dusty Cameron, who lost his life to Burkitt’s lymphoma in 2003.
“What a great night it was,” said Dusty’s mom, Kyle Cameron of Hillsboro. “The guys who never give up for these kids are the absolute best. The theme this year for the whole event was perseverance, and Dusty would have been thrilled to be there. He was, just above with us.”
Previous winners include Stephen Bishop of Springfield, Tyler Bodine of Peru and Truk Thompson of Detroit, MI.
“Participating in Wrestling for a Cure is my most proud moment in wrestling,” said this year’s winner, Kyle Fields. “The way everyone comes together for the cause is the way it should be every day.”
Steven Bishop said he competes in the Wrestling for a Cure event each year because he had a close, personal friend tell him about it and how much it donates to charity.
“Then he proceeded to tell me the reason why he does this and I met Kyle Cameron and my whole outlook on this issue changed,” Bishop said. “Hearing her story and how she fought the battle along side her son Dusty, made me want to work harder and earn not only her respect and his, but to be able to honor his memory every year. This year, I came into contact with a young man who is battling cancer and he is beating it.”
Other wrestlers also get their inspiration from hearing stories of kids battling cancer.
“Hearing the stories on the St. Jude radiothon and the strength the kids have to battle every day for life and death gives me inspiration,” said Jason Wilhite, president of Wrestling for a Cure. “St. Jude takes care of everything cause a family should only worry about their child getting better. We fight for kids.”
“The reason I travel hundreds of miles every year is simple,” said Mac Matthews.” The sick children need people to fight for them. The fact that 100 percent of donations goes to St. Jude is huge. This is by far the most organized and highest grossing event that I have ever been a part of. Win, lose or draw, every year there is always a single winner. That is none other than the children.”