If you didn’t get the chance to go to Rodeo Night at the Paulding County Fair, you missed out on a great night. This night was filled with bucking bulls, barrel races, rain, excitement, tears of joy and so many other emotions. Rodeo Night was an event to raise funds for Conquer Childhood Cancer Now (CCCN). Despite the 30-minute downpour of rain that lead to a delay, the crowd continued to stay for the event.
This organization was started by Patty Bishop after her daughter Tiana was diagnosed with cancer. The goal of the CCCN is to raise awareness about childhood cancer. One out of five children diagnosed loses their battle and three out of five children face long-term side effects due to current treatments. Most children aren’t diagnosed until they are already in stage 4 of their cancer because it grows so fast in children. CCCN supports families that have been affected by childhood cancer in assisting them with gas costs, utility bills, groceries and more. Rodeo Night was a fulfilled evening for CCCN as they raised money for the families affected.
Rodeo Night got started when Patty challenged volunteer Pam Smith a goal for the year; to hold an event.
Pam and her son JR hosted what they knew best, a rodeo. When Pam and JR went to a meeting regarding the event, it touched JR so much. He looked at his mother and said “We got to do it!” When they started, they didn’t realize how much it would take to get this event started, so they invited friends to help.
PPEC lineman Brandon Burelison is longtime friends with the Smiths and once he heard about the cause, he was all in too! He says “I have three young boys, and with my wife being a nurse, who has worked with cancer patients, helping kids with cancer is a cause that really hits home. It’s a way to give back to my community.”
The Smiths are already thinking and planning for next year. JR, a PPEC member has been raising bucking bulls for 12 years in Paulding County. It takes three years for a bull to be full grown into a bucking bull. The bulls are bred from PBR (Professional Bull Riding) bulls. “It’s rare in life that you can help people that need it especially doing something u love I’m thankful for everybody in this community that stepped up and made this all possible. Paulding Putnam Electric was the lead sponsor that made all this a reality, hopefully together we made a child’s life a little easier in our community. I can’t believe how this has affected me, we will do it every year, if possible.”
A total of twenty-nine bull riders and twenty-four barrel racers from all over the United States came to support CCCN and have a great night doing what they love. The winners won money and a beautiful belt buckle. Once expenses were taken out of the admission amounts, the event raised over $4600. Conquer Childhood Cancer Now is beyond grateful for all the donations and to see how the community can come together for a great cause. The rodeo will be back in 2018, Smith Acres Bucking Bulls are ready for a bigger donation and a bigger crowd.
You can find out more about childhood cancer or how to donate, visit www.conguerchildhoodcancer.org.