The following Rodeo Kids Sponsors donate items EVERY TIME we have a Rodeo Kid! Please contact Jackie@dreamingofthree.com to become a sponsor!
The Rodeo Kids Program came about when Founder, Jackie Harris, first started her journey with Dreaming of Three. When her Step Father first was diagnosed with Cancer, given 12-18 months to live, Christmas was right around the corner. She wanted to give him a night out without worry as his Christmas gift, to forget all the treatments, Dr. visits, and everything that was going on that revolved around the illness and to just give her mother and step father an evening out, full of smiles and laughter and making memories. So she decided to get her mother and Step Father tickets to a Broadway show and dinner at Ruth Chris! That night, the smiles on their faces, they seemed to forget all and her mother still talks about that evening today.
She was watching the National Finals Rodeo, and there were alot of St. Jude Children's Hospital commercials. She had already decided what she'd do in 2012, to donate her winnings. But the idea of giving "experiences", "memories", to these kids, touched her heart. Why not find some families perhaps going through the same tough times, but the unthinkable, with a child. She wanted to be able to reach out on a more personal level, to take families to a rodeo, to show them the sport she loved so much. She would get the producers of the rodoe involved, the contestants, Rodeo Queens, Companies,Team DO3 members, followers, the entire Community who wanted to reach out to say "We care" to the families, and to show the family and child the best time ever! A night without worry! A night showered with gifts! A night to be a King or Queen of the Rodeo! A Super Star! A night where our followers, friends and family can put a face to why they ride every weekend, or through the week donating to the charities, to bring a personal touch of their own for these kids. We all have a little Superman, ready to take flight! It's an opportunity to come together, to make a very special night for a very special child and their family.
Companies and individuals can send in a gift or another special outting for the family, signed cards or messages of encouragement.
If you or your Company would like to become a sponsor of our Rodeo Kids program, please contact Jackie@dreamingofthree.com
Hookstown Rodeo & Fair
August 22, 2023
If you would like to help TEAM DO3 make Levi's moment very
special, showered with gifts, please contact Jackie@dreamingofthree.com.
Hunter Presgrave, Rodeo Kid #7 .
At 25 weeks pregnant, one one of our twins was diagnosed with Pulmonary Atresia with Intact Ventricular Septum. We were devastated. Then, she was born with immature lungs and had to be sent to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh right away. They took great care of her, but within 12 hours of life, she was so critical, they had to do a heart cath. The cath pierced the intact septum and allowed blood to flow through her Pulmonary Artery. It was a success! But then, she developed a horrible clot that threatened her leg. They had to perform a Fasciotomy to relieve pressures in her leg.
This was the beginning…. At 5 weeks old, she had a massive stroke. This has caused her cerebral palsy.
We spent the next 10 years going to 3 hours of outpatient therapy a week and all of the in-school therapies. She is in both typical and special Ed classrooms and loves her classmates.
She’s currently using her power wheelchair and can get around pretty well on her own. Because of the combo of CP and her leg, which healed nicely but stopped growing around 18 months because her growth plates were too damaged, she’s had a horrible time trying to walk.
Horseback riding has been amazing for her core strength. We saw so many leaps and bounds in her physical abilities since starting at Hilltop Horizons.
She’s headed to the Hopewell middle school this year entering into the 5th grade where we can’t wait to see what fun things she can get involved in. We are looking forward to chorus, band, and maybe even bocce ball! Her absolute favorite things to do it play video games with her friends, spoil her baby alive dolls with love and play games with her dad.
If you have a child you think would love to go to a rodeo with some of our Team members, please contact Jackie, at Jackie@dreamingofthree.com. We typically work with Children's Hospital, Make A Wish, Ronald McDonald House and other organizations that work directly with the families.