The Chase Anderson RoundUp Rodeo and local sponsors raised up enough funds to purchase a special set of equipment for leisure and physical therapy at Mississippi Valley School — where Chase Anderson attended school before he passed away as a result of Muscular Dystrophy.

The Chase Anderson RoundUp Rodeo and local sponsors raised up enough funds to purchase a special set of equipment for leisure and physical therapy at Mississippi Valley School — where Chase Anderson attended school before he passed away as a result of Muscular Dystrophy.

Anderson’s memory lives on each year through the rodeo — which provides cowboys and cowgirls of all abilities the chance to immerse themselves in the entire rodeo experience, including horseback riding, line dancing and games — and the Chase Anderson Memorial MDA Rodeo — which raises funds for Muscular Dystrophy research and medicine. Local sponsors have also helped Anderson’s family give back to the school that gave him so much joy, with $2,601 for a Rifton tricycle specially designed for physical therapy and leisure for all of Mississippi Valley School’s students.

Anderon’s mother, Vice President of the Chase Anderson Memorial Rodeo Chloe Anderson-Lovelace, and his sister, Rodeos President Austee VonAhn, visited the school Tuesday, hugging Building Adminstrator Connie Billings as they walked in the front doors.

Anderson-Lovelace said the donation marked a great way to come “full-circle” with the donation of a specialized Rifton tricycle. Billings showed off the vehicle’s safety and adjustability, including a guide bar for physical therapy trainers to move it, back and trunk support, safety belts, pedal guards and pulley-driven pedal drive.

Billings said the school’s students needed the new tricycle for their daily fun activities and physical therapy.

“We use it for P.E. activities, for physical therapy activities, and then just for pure leisure — because we’ve got some kids who just get on it and they can ride that thing all over the place,” Billings said. “I don’t know of any of them who don’t like it.”

Anderson-Lovelace said County Market and Farm and Home stores participated in a cowboy hat drive, where customers purchased cardboard cowboy to provide a donation. Von Ahn said Dufur Quarter Horses, Green Real Estate and family members also helped reach the goal. The students ride the existing tricycles every day, and they were excited to hear that a new one would soon be on the way. Billings said one of the students said “This is mine now” when he discovered the new wheels.

“The kids love the tricycles,” she said. “We love our kiddos and we just have a wonderful time here.” Billings expressed her gratitude for the area donors and family members who made the donation possible.

“We absolutely can’t thank them enough for donating this money to get another tricycle, because the kids will go crazy for it,” Billings said. Anderson-Lovelace echoed that feeling of joy.

“You guys gave Chase such a wonderful quality of life here, and just added so many smiles to his day,” she said. “It’s just a nice way to return a smile.”

For more information about the Chase Anderson Memorial MDA Rodeo, please visit https://www.rockinaarena.com/mda-rodeo. To learn more about the Chase Anderson RoundUp Rodeo, please visit https://www.rockinaarena.com/mda-rodeo . Please visit https://dese.mo.gov/Mississippi-Valley-School for more information about Mississippi Valley School.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com