Roger Kipperchuck had a very misfortunate upbringing. He left his home at 13 years old and never had contact with his family after. He spent his childhood on the streets, making a life for himself, and with minimal guidance. The rodeo was something of interest to him, and he quickly became a part of the community as he grew older. When he became ill with liver cancer, hospice became his new community and the closest thing he had to a family.

Karen Bialas, hospice nurse at Asearacare Hospice, was astounded by the positive attitude that Mr. Kipperchuck had despite his unfortunate past. Between her and the Lighthouse of Hope Fund, Mr. Kipperchuck’s had a western themed birthday party and received a great birthday present – tickets to the rodeo!