Bill and Treva Beard with their sons, Jakeb and Chase.

Give cancer the boot

June 18, 2018

While he’s on the job at Sanford Bismarck, Bill Beard’s nametag reads “Manager of Nuclear Medicine.” You wouldn’t know he has another title to his name: National Champion Roper.

Bill and his wife, Treva, have a shared passion for rodeo sports. They have turned their 40-acre property, 18 miles southeast of Bismarck, into a rodeo community known as Beard Arena. The couple hosts a variety of events year-round including barrel racing competitions, Treva’s sport of choice.

On Sept. 14, the Beards’ two worlds will collide for the second time. They’re helping the Sanford Health Foundation organize Cowgirls for a Cure, a barrel racing competition benefiting the Edith Sanford Breast Initiative.

“We thought it was a great way to give back and raise money for a good cause,” Bill said.

Each barrel racing contestant, for both 4D open and peewee events, will have the opportunity to fundraise their entry fee. Funds raised support local patient care and research to end breast cancer.

With more than $10,000 in competition winnings up for grabs and great fundraising incentives, the Beards expect more than 100 contestants.

The Beards also hope the event will raise awareness for the importance of routine mammograms.

“Early detection is the key,” Bill said. “We want to educate the community on how far we have come with imaging and early detection. A lot of people aren’t aware of 3D mammography and the options we have today.”

Attendees will have a chance to schedule their mammogram on-site and learn about the important work happening at the Edith Sanford.


Barrel racing fast facts

  • Barrel racing is all about speed. Each rider guides their horse around three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern, attempting to get the fastest score.
  • The average ride time is less than 18 seconds, making this sport known for its fast-paced and high-energy events.
  • The horses aren’t the only ones working. A rider’s time not only depends on her horse’s training but her own athleticism and horsemanship abilities.
  • Riders of all ages and skill levels compete, including youth and seniors.