Marley's grandfather, Hank Roberts holds a 22" fish Marley at the awards ceremony

Nine year old Marley Roberts, with help from his grandparents, Hank and Janice Roberts and Sonny and Peggy McBride, organized a fun-filled fishing tournament to help raise money for FIRST and awareness about ichthyosis.

The 1st Annual Marley Roberts Fishing Rodeo was held at the Harbor Landing Yacht Club in Ocean Springs Harbor, MS on June 19th. More than 60 children participated in the event, where 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes were awarded in seven different categories. One youngster caught a 28 pound black drum. What a fish! There was also a “strangest fish” category which had many unusual entries.  At the awards ceremony, Marley made a speech thanking all who participated and shared a bit more about living with ichthyosis.
This was a fantastic day for all participants and a great way to help FIRST. A very sincere thank you to the McBride and Roberts families for all of your efforts.
Prior to Marley's event, a story about Marley and the fishing rodeo aired on their local television station, WLOX.  You may click here to view the broadcast on
If you are interested in hosting your own grassroots event, contact the FIRST office.
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