Annual Texas Barbecue Competition Raises Lynch Syndrome Awareness

steve-mayberry-bbq-colon-cancer-fundraiser-flyerThere’s just one place in Texas where you will find a silent auctioned beer tube, inflatable colon to walk through and some of the best barbecue cooks in the state.

So if you’re near the Dallas area, make sure you put the annual Steve Mayberry Memorial Cookoff on your calendar for Sept. 6-7, 2013.

Because as they say, everything’s bigger in Texas.

And our entire team at Fight Colorectal Cancer is drooling over this yearly fundraiser coming from the Lone Star State.

A great reason to BBQ

The 2013 Steve Mayberry Memorial Cookoff will mark the 3rd year of awareness and fundraising for colorectal cancer research and education. The competition memorializes Steve Mayberry, a stage IV survivor who passed away in March 2010, just six months after his diagnosis. An earlier identification of Steve’s Lynch Syndrome may have caught his late-stage disease years before his diagnosis and prevented him from losing his battle just months after diagnosed.

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The urge spread the word about colorectal cancer, and especially Lynch Syndrome, is the motivation for Suzan, Steve’s wife of 26 years, to host a statewide competition. And in Texas, barbecue gets attention.

Since Steve loved attending and competing in barbecue cookoffs, it’s the perfect way to remember him and spread the word about colon cancer.

Food, auction, games and a giant colon

Over the past two years, the annual cookoff has raised $25,000 for Fight Colorectal Cancer’s education and research initiatives. An auctioned off colonoscopy last year even found pre-cancerous polyps in the recipient. This year, the stakes are just as high as plans for a family-friendly, finger-licking good time are on the books.

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Already, the Texas Senate has recognized the 2013 Steve Mayberry Memorial Cookoff as an OFFICIAL Texas State Barbecue Championship. Silent auction items, cash prizes, raffle items, games and a giant inflatable colon guarantee a fun time for all.

Eat, Drink and Donate!

If you’re going to be near the Dallas area (specifically, Carrollton, TX) in September, stop by and grab a bite to eat (or participate in the cookoff!)

Even if you’re not local, get involved by checking out the Cookoff’s Facebook page or making a donation in Steve’s Honor – the goal is to raise $10,000 this year!

To read more about the event, check out last year’s post on the 2012 Steve Mayberry Cookoff that raised $15,000!

Thank you to Suzan and her committee for hosting such a great event!

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