Speech to Text for Bull riding for Bobby Bratton
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some big time bull riders showed off their skills last night in tupelo. but it was for a good cause. tupelo native bobby bratton bravely battled brain cancer for 17 years. bratton lost his fight in june, but his spirit lived on last night at a bull riding event in tupelo. it was the second annual bobby bratton bull riding benefit. the benefit was spearheaded by bratton's close friend clay knight, a local grocer. clay knight: 'me and bobby become real close friends over the years, and we were like best friends. he laid in the bed for like two years, and he just couldn't support his children so my son said let's do a 7-on-7 tournament and i said no let's do a bull riding at the place and we started it.' in 2017, the event raised nearly 10,000 dollars to help bratton with his medical expenses. now that bratton is deceased, this year's proceeds will help bratton's children pay for college. it's been a difficult summer for clay knight. shortly after bobby bratton's death in june, clay knight lost his father, bob knight, the long-time owner of todd's big star grocery store in tupelo. remembering bobby bratton's spirit has helped knight get through the tough times. clay knight: 'he was really a great guy. never complained, and i'm complaining about my big toe hurting. i look at him, and he had three brain surgeries, and never complained about nothing. we gotta be greatful for what we got and help people that are in need like this.' clay knight tells me he plans to continue the event next year with a new and