Children fighting cancer to be honored at NFR
Twenty children who are battling cancer, along with their families, will be honored at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas.
Sponsored by the Golden Circle of Champions — which was originated in 2016 to raise funds and awareness for children in need — the annual recognition will be given to 10 Las Vegas families, as well as 10 families chosen from rodeos across the country that are sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
Each family will include a child between 6 and 14 years old who has been diagnosed with cancer or an associated illness. Golden Circle provides support for them through donations and fund-raising events to assist with medical bills, pharmaceutical expenses and family care.
Activities lined up for the honorees include a banquet at the South Point hotel-casino on Dec. 9, during which children can dine with rodeo champs and receive gifts, followed by attendance at the NFR at the Thomas & Mack Center. On Dec. 10, they will be guests at the 2018 Cowboy Christmas gift show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where they will participate in a photo shoot and enjoy a live viewing of the Junior NFR.
Known as the world’s most prestigious rodeo, this year’s NFR will be Dec. 6-15. It features top contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, bull racing and barrel racing, all vying for a share of the $10 million purse and the championship gold buckles. Last year, NFR drew 168,952 fans over the 10-day competition.