Ethan Weiman was diagnosed
with a form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma in July 2007. Ethan
fought an amazing battle for 2 years. Ethans cancer was treated
primarily at St. Louis Children Hospital, where he underwent several
rounds of chemotherapy, surgeries to place central lines and remove
tumors, a stem cell transplant followed by isolation, and radiation.
The treatment also required hospital visits for scans, checkups, labs,
and treatment of infections. During his initial hospital stay, a combination
of watching the movie Dreamer and losing his hair prompted
Ethan to ask for a cowboy hat.
Ethan was a trooper throughout all of this treatment. He took the nausea,
pain, medicine, and time away from home in stride. He made many friends
at the hospital, but also knew how to let the doctors know that he was
in charge. Ethans love of all things cowboy continued to grow.
He got boots, western shirts, and a belt buckle that he wore daily.
He began to hint that hed like to have a horse for his Make A
Ethan was declared disease-free in May 2008, but the disease resurfaced
by August. August was consumed by a barn raising effort and a journey
to Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, which specializes in NB
research. Ethans horse, Sodador, was waiting to greet him after
the first Philadelphia trip. Ethan and Sonador became immediate friends.
Ethan liked to go on trail rides, feed him horse treats, and play him
songs on his harmonica. Ethan eventually traded his red cowboy hat for
a black one, which he wore with pride.
Shortly after, Ethan returned to Philadelphia for radioactive injection
treatments that involved several days in isolation. These treatments
kept the disease in check for a while, but it continued to spread. Ethan
returned to St Louis for multiple drugs that were highly experimental
and offered limited hope.
A family trip to Fort Worth, TX in February 2009 fulfilled another wish
for Ethan. Ethan got to stay in a cabin, go to rodeos, take train rides,
see lots of wild animals, ride a longhorn, and see lots of cowboys.
In spite of the treatments and his positive attitude, Ethans cancer
continued to spread. In June, 2009, Ethan went home to heaven.
Ethans Rodeo is a celebration of the cowboy spirit and our way
of continuing the fight against neuroblastoma. All proceeds from Ethans
Rodeo will be donated to research of neuroblastoma, which is responsible
for approximately 15% of all childhood cancer deaths. The treatment
of this disease currently involves harsh doses of drugs with severe
side effects and marginal results. Our goal is to fund research that
will increase survival rates and offer treatments with more tolerable
The committee of Ethans Rodeo would like to recognize the following
businesses, organizations, and individuals for their help and support:
1st Bankers Trust
Adams County Fairboard
Arnold, Behrens, Nesbit, Gray PC
Ayers Oil Co Canton, MO
Bingaman Automotive and Repair
Brad & Barb Kestner
Broken Spoke Mounted Posse
Cake Decorating Ect
David Fee - Farrier
Gengenbacher's Shaved Ice
Goehl, Schuering, Cassens & Bier
Grawe Investment Management Group
Horse Crazy 4-H Club
Quincy Medical Group
Quincy Saddle Club
UHS Art Club
Ursa Creek Lodge
Ursa Farmers Co-op