Q&A With Jim Riley
Where did you grow up:
I grew up on a farm in WI where we raised Simmental cattle, hogs, corn, oats and alfalfa hay. I showed cattle in 4-H.
How long have you lived in Texas:
I have been in north Texas since 1995.
Guns N’ Roses
“A Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway
Who do you most admire:
My parents who raised me to be kind, honest and who gave me a strong work ethic.
Early Bird or Night Owl:
What personal trait are you most proud of:
Optimistic outlook. I believe that I can achieve my dreams with preparation and hard work.
What kinds of jobs have you had:
I have worked in the food & beverage industry, with race horses, as a veterinary technician, a drafting technician, the project coordinator for a structural engineering firm and as a photographer for several car racing series. I started raising show cattle again in 2011.
Do you have Multiple Sclerosis:
Yes. I have relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis
When were you diagnosed with MS:
I was diagnosed in 2007 after several years of symptoms, multiple doctors and lots of tests.
When did you start the Riley Round Up for MS:
In 2012. After being called an a spokesperson for MS in the Livestock industry during the Fort Worth Stock show by the media, I decided to do a benefit show for the National MS Society.
What is your favorite part about the show:
Meeting and talking to the exhibitors and their families. I especially like to hear what it means to them or how it touches their lives.
What is your least favorite part about the show:
Raising money for the show. It’s hard to ask for money. We are fortunate that we now have some donors and sponsors who have been with us for years and each year we gain new support from people who genuinely want to help.
How much money have you raised to date:
The show has donated $42,000 to the National MS Society in the first 6 years.
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