Trail ride, barbecue fundraiser
The second annual Cowboyin’ for Kids Trail Ride will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Holt River Ranch, located just east of Graford at 1834 Grassy Ridge Road.
The trail ride and barbecue is in honor of McCrae Trammell, who is currently fighting the battle against neuroblastoma, and in memory of Caleb Larson, who succumbed to the disease when he was only 4 years old.
The ride, which begins at 9 a.m., will go along the Brazos River and afterward there will be a catered barbecue lunch consisting of choice of brisket, pulled pork or calf fries, with all the trimmings. There will also be wagon rides and pony rides and live entertainment provided by Myron Mertz and Branded by Grace, from Brazos Trails Cowboy Church.
Cost is $35 per adult and $15 for those 18 and under. Lunch for non-riders will cost $15. All proceeds will go to the Caleb Larson Cowboyin’ for Kids Foundation which funds research for neuroblastoma and aids families in crisis. The disease is a particular cancer that generally affects children younger than age 2.
Brandi Flow Larson and Cortney King Trammell share a tie that will forever bind them in the wake of their sons’ disease. The two mothers have been lifelong friends. After being classmates growing up in Graford, they were roommates while attending Texas Tech University. Years later, the sons of both women were diagnosed with neuroblastoma childhood cancer.
Only 10 days after his birth McCrae Trammell was diagnosed with neuroblastoma; the same cancer Caleb Larson fought against the last six months of his life.
“McCrae has been taking therapy regularly. His next scan is in June,” Cortney said. “He is now 18 months old and has been trying to learn to walk, and that in itself is amazing to me.”
“Last year we organized the trail ride and more than 100 riders turned out at the Holt River Ranch,” Trammell added. “The event raised about $15,000. We just want to say how grateful we are for all the support we’ve had and we also want to say thanks to everyone who has helped us. When we can help families who have children with cancer and those who are in a similar situation as we have been, it’s a good feeling to be able to give back.”
Registration deadline is Saturday, April 30. To register go online: www.prayformccrae.com. For more information, call Cortney Trammell at 940-452-1191 or Laura Burdick at 940-654-9076.