Stampede community rallies behind critically injured Saskatchewan boy

Cody Sibbald loves to show cattle, it’s something he talks about non-stop.

So when the 10-year-old from Beechy, Saskatchewan was offered a chance to show in the Calgary Stampede’s UFA Junior Steer Classic he jumped at it.  He was so looking forward to it.

Unfortunately Cody didn’t get a chance to show this year, because of a farm accident only a few days before the show, which has him instead in hospital fighting for his life.

His relative Jay Sibbald from Cochrane, Alberta says fortunately for Cody, STARS was able to pick him up and fly him to University Hospital in Saskatoon where he is in the ICU receiving care.

Jay says they were so thankful for STARS saving Cody’s life that they set up a fundraising account with STARS in his name and started raising money at the Stampede

Only a few days after the account was set-up, the fundraiser has brought in over $27,000.

“It’s been great an excellent response from the agricultural community and you know in two and a half days we’ve raised just over $27,000 which just goes to show that people in agriculture support one another and we’re behind the family and it is just one way we wanted to say our thoughts and prayers are with him and wish him the best that we can,“ says Jay.

He says this is just scratching the surface, they would like to keep this as an ongoing way of supporting STARS.

“It was just one way I thought we could say thanks to STARS because I think they are an important part of agriculture, because a lot of times people live a ways away from major cities so we rely on them for support. “

You can donate to STARS on Cody’s behalf by clicking here.

The strength of the Sibbald family showed through strongly on the weekend as his sister came out to show Cody’s steer on his behalf.