“Because of all the research the doctors have been able to do with the support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Mattie is beating the odds,” Hurley said. “Initially, they told us she likely wouldn’t survive until she was 2 years old. When she did, we were told she wouldn’t make it past 5, but here we are.”
Every day is a blessing, she observed.
“We never take one second for granted.”
Plus, it gives the family a break from the daily grind of life.
“It goes without saying that the work the cowboys put into the event for the kids is invaluable,” Hurley said. “It is a time where the kids can go do something without worrying about being sick or that there is something going on where they can’t participate. The cowboys always make sure there is something there that they can do.
“The special connection that the cowboys make with the kids, you can tell it is not just an event or charity to them. They really take it to heart.”
Besides McPhail Land & Cattle, other competing teams this year included ones representing Alfalfa County Land and Cattle, the Gray G Bar Ranch, Buford Ranches, Stuart Ranch, Drummond Land & Cattle Co., Hall Ranch and the Daube Cattle Co.
Teams representing Treadwell Land & Cattle, the Chain Ranch, the Lazy Rafter Slash Ranch, the Trentman Ranch, Stierwalt Ranch & Cattle Co., and the Whitmire Ranch also took part.