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Edwards teen is rodeo VIP

Theo Stroomer/Vail DailyRogelio Velasco got VIP access to the recent Eagle County Fair and Rodeo.

EAGLE, Colorado” When 17-year-old Rogelio Velasco rode in the VIP wagon to kick off the rodeo at the Eagle County Fair, it was a dream come true. The Children’s Western Wish Foundation made it happen.

What’s more, by reaching out to the Edwards youth, the organization found just the kind of kid they look for.

The Children’s Western Wish Foundation in a national nonprofit organization founded to extend western heritage to children who physical or development disabilities, or a terminal illness. According to the organization’s Web site, the foundation attempts to locate deserving local children wherever a rodeo, stock show or stampede happens. That mission brought foundation director Glee Mett to Eagle County.

She contacted New America School staff seeking students who might benefit from a trip to the County Fair. Rogelio’s name was immediately suggested.

Citing a desire to respect the youth’s privacy, Mett simply said Rogelio is a “medical miracle child.” Rogelio will begin his senior year at New America School this fall.

As a Children’s Western Wish Foundation recipient, Rogelio received cowboy boots, a hat and clothing, compliments of foundation sponsors Wrangler jeans and Corral West stores.

Rogelio had behind-the-scenes access during the competition. He collected autographs from several of the rodeo competitors. Bull riding was his favorite event.

During the week Rogelio toured the Eagle River Center, checking out the exhibits and talking with several of the 4-H competitors about the time and energy they spent raising animals for fair. He gained a huge appreciation for all the work the competitors did year around in preparation for the one-week fair, he said.

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