Reno Rodeo Foundation grants wish, helps improve daily life of local family

The story of a family that was named a Reo Rodeo Foundation 2022 Wish Recipient.
Published: Dec. 22, 2022 at 6:56 PM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -The Reno Rodeo Foundation’s Reno Rodeo Wish Program has given a Reno-area family help and an adventure.

Charlene Norvell’s son Asher weighed 1 pound, 14 ounces when he was born and spent his first 164 days in the intensive care unit for infants.

Now 8 years old, Asher has bilateral vocal paralysis, chronic lung disease, and tracheomalacia. He’s had several surgeries and is expected to have another 17 to rebuild his vocal cords.

Thanks to the Rodeo Wish Program, Asher, his 10-year-old brother, Landon, and Charlene Norvell got to go to the National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas earlier in December.

Also, the foundation fixed a broken-down pickup truck to allow the family to explore and provided a generator to help operate Asher’s medical equipment.

Asher’s doctors at Renown Regional Medical Center nominated him for the award.

Charlene Norvell said she has two cowboys in training who love every part of the rodeo.

Asher said the experience makes him feel like his family has grown.