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Ranch Rodeo to benefit Make-a-Wish Foundation of Northeast Texas

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Wishes still come true thanks to events such as the 5th Annual Sulphur Springs Ranch Rodeo that benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast Texas, and Saturday, April 11, will provide the good-hearted folks of Hopkins County the opportunity to offer their support.

Events kick-off at the Hopkins County Civic Center with a cowboy trade show displaying all types of western related products that will be available for purchase beginning at noon.

At 5:30 p.m. a chuck wagon supper will be served with typical cowboy grub such as chicken fried steak, beans, potatoes, bread and peach cobbler for $10 a plate.

Then, at 7:30 p.m. cowboys will saddle up for the Ranch Rodeo showcasing skills and know-how practiced on working ranches today, such as cattle sorting, team branding, bronco riding, mugging and wild cow milking. And it’s all in an effort to raise money for granting wishes to youngsters who have been diagnosed with life threatening medical conditions such as 9-year-old Raylee Box.

Raylee is a fourth grader at North Hopkins Elementary who was diagnosed in January of last year with Leukemia.

“It tore our world a part,” said Raylee’s mother Ronda Box. “She’s just a little girl who loves Barbie’s and four-wheelers. As for the cancer, she has had such a positive attitude. She’s probably helped me through this more than I have helped her.”

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and events such as the Ranch Rodeo that fund them, Raylee’s dream of going to Disney World will become a reality this summer.

Raylee, along with her mother and big sister, Ragan, 11, will spend a week in Florida at Give Kids the World in Orlando.

From July 25 through July 29, the family will not only visit Disney World, but Magic Kingdom, Epcot, MGM, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios and Sea World, as well.

“I really enjoy this part of the process,” said wish grantor, Susan Lennon, who is also an employee of Alliance Bank. “It is great to be able to facilitate some measure of happiness and joy into Raylee’s life at a time when things seem the worst.”

According to Lennon, often the prospect of a wish gives children the incentive of getting through some of the more difficult procedures they must endure.

“Something like the light at the end of the tunnel,” Lennon explained. “It is a great stress reliever for the families to again be able to look to the future and it not be a hospital visit, medical treatment or examination.”

“This community has been wonderful to us,” Ronda emphasized. “I can’t thank everyone enough. People we don’t even know have reached out to us. The people of Sulphur Springs have been so gracious, so kind with all the fund raisers and sending words of encouragement through their cards and letters.”

Raylee is also the daughter of Darrell Box.

To show your support for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and children like Raylee, come out and celebrate the cowboy way as riders show off their horsemanship and ground working skills in competitions where winners work towards nothing for themselves but the bragging rights.

Tickets to the Sulphur Springs Ranch Rodeo may be purchased the day of the event  for $8 at the door. Children 6 and under are free of charge.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $7 at the Civic Center located at 1200 Houston Street or Potts Feed Store in Emory.






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