The Rings of CowboyThon Series: Black // Community

Imagine you are standing alone in a completely dark space. There is no light to be seen and you are completely isolated. Surrounded by black, you are full of fear. Now imagine you are in the same situation, but there are people on either side of you holding your hands. Suddenly, the darkness seems more bearable. You are reminded that the night will pass eventually, and even if it doesn’t, someone is there to experience it with you.

Black, the color of the third ring in the Olympic symbol, is often associated with darkness and loneliness. It represents isolation and emptiness. Some children experience more darkness and isolation than any one person should ever have to. There are many adults that don’t experience as much darkness as some of our miracle children do.

CowboyThon aims to make this darkness more tolerable by providing a hand to hold in the night. More than an organization, CowboyThon is a community that stands to surround miracle kids and their families with love and support. Just as an Olympian needs a community of people to provide support during their toughest trials, CowboyThon recognizes our miracle children’s need for community in a totally different kind of trial- a trial that they never asked to be a part of.

So, until the sun rises, until the darkness fades and until the night comes to an end, CowboyThon will keep creating community. It will stand as a night light in the darkest times. It will keep supporting its little Olympians. The night will eventually come to an end, but in the meantime, CowboyThon is going to keep holding hands.

MEET OUR CHAMPIONS!

MEET SAMMY! SAMMY IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST SWEETHEARTS EVER! HER STRENGTH AND OPTIMISM HAS HELPED HER OVERCOME MANY ADVERSITIES. IN 2008 SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH DI'GEORGE SYNDROME. THIS SYNDROME IS CAUSED BY A LARGE DELETION OF CHROMOSOME 22. THIS RESULTS IN A LARGE AMOUNT OF GENETIC MATERIAL LOST. THE GENE LOST IN DI'GEORGE SYNDROME CAN LEAD TO CARDIAC PROBLEMS AND SPEECH IMPAIRMENTS. WHILE THIS DISEASE HAS AFFECTED SAMMY'S LIFE IN MANY ASPECTS, SHE STILL MANAGES TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF HER LIFE. SHE LOVES PLAYING FOOTBALL, COLORING, AND PLAYING WITH ANIMALS!

MEET SAMMY! SAMMY IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST SWEETHEARTS EVER! HER STRENGTH AND OPTIMISM HAS HELPED HER OVERCOME MANY ADVERSITIES. IN 2008 SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH DI'GEORGE SYNDROME. THIS SYNDROME IS CAUSED BY A LARGE DELETION OF CHROMOSOME 22. THIS RESULTS IN A LARGE AMOUNT OF GENETIC MATERIAL LOST. THE GENE LOST IN DI'GEORGE SYNDROME CAN LEAD TO CARDIAC PROBLEMS AND SPEECH IMPAIRMENTS. WHILE THIS DISEASE HAS AFFECTED SAMMY'S LIFE IN MANY ASPECTS, SHE STILL MANAGES TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF HER LIFE. SHE LOVES PLAYING FOOTBALL, COLORING, AND PLAYING WITH ANIMALS!