Ethan's Rodeo comes to the Adams County Fairgrounds

Family friends say a Tri-State boy will be watching from the gates of heaven when the second annual Ethan's Rodeo kicks off Friday night.

Four year-old Ethan Weiman died back in 2009 after a two year battle with Neuroblastoma cancer.

During his treatments, he developed a love of horses and all things rodeo.

When he lost his hair, he asked for a red cowboy hat. And when the Make-A-Wish Foundation came calling...he asked for a horse.

He became a little cowboy during his fight with cancer, but lost his battle with the disease in 2009.

After his death his parents David and Alicia wanted to do something to celebrate Ethan's Cowboy spirit, while fighting the disease that took his life.

They began the first Ethan's rodeo last year...with the second annual event taking place this weekend.

All proceeds from the event go towards research of Neuroblastoma, which causes 15 percent of all children's cancer deaths.

"He really enjoyed horses, he loved rodeos. And after he passed we wanted to do something to raise money to fight the disease to find better drugs that aren't so toxic and hard on the kids. That's how Ethan's rodeo was born," said Ethan's father, Dave Weiman.

Last year more than four thousand people attended the event ... raising more than 35 thousand dollars for research.

The rodeo kicks off Friday, August 19 at 7:30 at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

Saturday, Ethan's Rodeo will have a Family Day beginning at three with a petting zoo, pony rides and other children's activities.

The full rodeo action Saturday night kicks off at 7:30p.m.