A Gymkhana benefit, Riding for Tyce, for 2-year old Tyce Campbell of Fernley, was held on a hot day Saturday at the Alamo Rodeo Grounds.
Event organizer Ashly Higbee, sister-in-law of Tyce’s mother, Amy Higbee Campbell, said they had a very good turnout and raised about $3,000 after expenses.
Tyce has Rhabdomyosarcoma, the most common soft tissue cancer found in children. RMS is a cancerous tumor that develops in the body’s soft tissues, usually the muscles. It can affect the head, neck, bladder, groin, arms, legs, trunk, or just about any body part. Cells from these tumors are often fast growing and can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body.
Kids can develop it at any age, but it’s most common in those between 2 and 6 years old and 15 and 19 years old. Boys tend to be affected more often than girls.
Treatment of RMS usually includes chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. With early detection and timely treatment, most kids make a full recovery.
Tyce is being treated at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, a 289-bed facility, nationally known for treatment of pediatric specialties.
Higbee said, “I’m just so proud of everybody showing up to help us at the fundraiser. The whole community kind of showed up and sweated it out with us and made it possible. I put it on Facebook and some handout flyers, and we had people come from Las Vegas, Moapa, Overton, Logandale and a lot from here.” Higbee said they had between 50-60 entries overall.
There were events for kids in all age groups, 6 and under, 7-11, 12-17 and 18 and over.
For the younger ones there were events such as lead line, walk and trot, and dummy roping. The older kids were involved in traditional events such as barrel racing, flags and pole bending. Additional events included a water race and balloon race.
Higbee thanked everyone who came out to give of their time and equipment and all the things they did to help. “Everybody just got up and did it.”