CCI Hosts First Annual Rockin’ the Mud Challenge via BeloitDailyNews.com

Brigette and Bruce Thoms founded Rock County Cancer Coalition to help people in Rock County struggling with their bills as they fight cancer. They were selected as the organization to benefit from the Rockin' the Mud Challenge to be held Oct. 27. The event to be held for the first time includes a 2-mile run through an obstacle-filled mud quarry.

Brigette and Bruce Thoms founded Rock County Cancer Coalition to help people in Rock County struggling with their bills as they fight cancer. They were selected as the organization to benefit from the Rockin’ the Mud Challenge to be held Oct. 27. The event to be held for the first time includes a 2-mile run through an obstacle-filled mud quarry.

Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 10:00 am

By Hillary Gavan hgavan@beloitdailynews.com

A new kind of organization is hosting a muddy event to help those suffering from cancer in Rock County.

The First Annual Rockin’ the Mud Challenge will be held 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Corporate Contractors Inc. (CCI) Quarry Operations, 2175 Town Hall Road in the Town of Beloit. The entry fee is $45 for adults and proceeds will benefit the Rock County Cancer Coalition (RCCC).

The event will feature a 2-mile race through an obstacle-filled quarry. The race begins topside, through mud pits and down to the quarry. There will be more than 10 obstacles and plenty of rugged terrain. There will be food, music and beer.

The event is being hosted by Hendricks Commercial Property and CCI. The charity to benefit was founded by Bruce and Brigette Thoms, two retirees who launched an organization which will buy gas cards or groceries or repair the car of someone battling cancer. More than 90 percent of the funds which go to the organization go directly to help cancer survivors in Rock County.

Those who want to register for the Rockin’ The Mud Challenge can do it online atwww.miltonfamilyrecreation.com. Those interested also can check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rockinthemudchallenge.

RCCC co-founder Bruce Thoms said the challenge is similar to the Milton Mud Run. There will be walls to scale, lines to climb under and hay bales to hop over and some tires in between.

“Believe it or not people like to get dirty,” Bruce Thoms said.

Thoms and his wife, Brigette, of Johnstown, have been active in cancer organizations before, but wanted to start something that would help those with cancer in their day-to-day lives right in Rock County. Although cancer research is critical, the Thoms wanted to make life a little easier and more affordable to those with cancer.

“What about people?” Bruce Thoms asked. “They are struggling and they need help.”

They started RCCC in June of 2011, assembling a nine-member board and starting fundraisers. They’ve done Scoopy nights, car washes and even held a European style pheasant hunt last March in Orfordville.

RCCC has already helped 74 clients, and has dispensed around $45,000.

RCCC will make rent payments, pay electric bills, help with prescription drugs and give gas and grocery gift cards to those with cancer.

“We don’t give cash, but we will pay bills,” Bruce Thoms said.

RCCC has helped cancer survivors in Beloit on numerous occasion. One time a woman was under going treatment and needed an expensive oil for her body during chemotherapy.

“She couldn’t afford to feed her kids and the oil,” Bruce Thoms said. “We go to help people out right on the spot, mostly with gas for people to go back and forth for treatments. Gas and food are definitely the big hitters, but we’ll do anything. We had one client, who needed to repair his car so he could drive back and forth to treatment.”

The only requirement for people receiving help from RCCC is the completion of three forms online including a doctor’s diagnosis verification.

RCCC is still looking for volunteers to help with the event. The organization will have an informational booth up and will be collecting donations at the event. Anyone who wants to come watch the race and socialize is welcome.

Those interested in mailing any donations to RCCC can do so at PO Box 209, Janesville WI 53547. For more information visitwww.rockcountycancercoalition.org.

Bruce Thoms also mentioned RCCC will be hosting a fundraising craft show from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Johnstown Community Center. It’s free admission and there will be lunch, raffles and 35 to 40 vendors with homemade crafts.