JR Vezain was confirmed on his way to his 6th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo when disaster struck. The horse he’d drawn in Pasadena, Texas, fell over backwards in a freak accident that left the young bareback rider without the use of his legs. He’s hopeful, faithful and strong in his commitment to walk again – is approaching his physical therapy like the professional athlete he is.
Vezain and his wife, Shelby, haven’t seen home in Cowley, Wyoming, since the accident. They’ve gone from the trauma hospital in Houston to a nearby rehab center and are now residing in Utah at yet another rehab center. Add the fact that they’re expecting their first child and it’s easy to see that it isn’t just prayer they need, they need financial help as well.
Checking the hashtag #VezainStrong across social media shows that the international rodeo community stepped up with many successful fundraisers, but that’s not all.
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Bitter sweet day for me…blessed to have gotten to be here for the week with my son but sad I have to leave to go home. He earned his turn in the shirt because of his determination and kindness. No matter how old they get, they are still just my babies. I love you @jrvezain with all my heart. #vezainstrong #myboy #firstborn #onetoughcowboy #mytribe #miracleinthemaking #rejuveniqueoil #godisgood #allthetime #sadday #blessed
Here are two ongoing ways to help:
- Through Go Fund Me at www.gofundme.com/65w85a0
- Raffle for 2019 Wyoming Deer Hunt online tickets at www.broncridingnation.com/raffle or get them the Junior Roughstock Association, Rodeo Fame and Bronc Riding Nation Cowboy Christmas Booth #5405 on the upper level of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Facebook Live drawing at Legacy of the West Gala at Mirage on December 12 at 2 pm. Need not be present to win.