The Erath County Livestock Association believes in the spirit and reputation of giving back to the community.

This Friday, the Cowboy Capital of the World ProRodeo committee will offer its time and support to those whose lives have been touched by cancer.

The committee will have a team in the Relay For Life, honoring those who have fallen to cancer as well as cancer survivors.

The eventís theme will highlight the big screen of movies and the rodeo committee has chosen to celebrate ďMy Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.Ē

This is a first for the committee and enthusiasm has been building for weeks.

But, the Cowboy Capital of the World ProRodeo is taking it one step further by hosting itís first ever "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" event, sponsored by Wrangler for the first performance of the PRCA rodeo on Thursday, May 31. This event challenges all rodeo contestants to be "tough enough" to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.

Even though the event promotes breast cancer awareness, the Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo committee is supporting awareness of all forms of cancer. The ECLA is working in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, which will be recognizing all Erath county survivors and victims. For the rodeo, there will be several special features to honor those within Erath county. A mounted drill team will do a special presentation as part of the grand entry at the rodeo. For every spectator that attends the rodeo wearing pink, $1 of their ticket will be going to the American Cancer Society. There will also be educational information on all forms of cancer available for the public.

Rusty Chandler, rodeo chairman for the committee, along with his wife Janice, are both cancer survivors and will be walking to support the American Cancer Society.

"Itís pretty important because it hits pretty close to home for us. Itís a worthwhile deal and we want to be a part of that and do our part to raise money for cancer research and awareness. Itís our way through the ECLA to show our support for all cancer survivors and victims," stated Chandler.

If you would like to be a part of "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys," please contact Tami Culpepper at 254-485-0795.