Sierra Regional Spine Institute Sends Representatives to Volunteer at Next Month’s Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive

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Two members of Sierra Regional Spine Institute are going to volunteer at the Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive next month by offering medical treatment for those involved.

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We're very excited to once again to support the Reno Rodeo Foundation by providing medical coverage to those participating in the cattle drive. This is a very exciting week-long event for all involved.

Dr. James Rappaport, MD and Star Chenoweth, PA-C of the Sierra Regional Spine Institute will both volunteer for next month’s Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive, providing medical treatment for the riders driving cattle, and to help the cause that the Cattle Drive supports -- the Reno Rodeo Foundation.

The Cattle Drive portion of the event begins June 14, and the rodeo itself runs from June 18 to June 27.

The Cattle Drive is a five day trek. The group travels between 10 and 15 miles per day and delivers cattle through the front gates at the rodeo itself in downtown Reno, Nevada. The cattle drive is a bonding experience for the participants, as well as a fundraiser for the Reno Rodeo Foundation. The Reno Rodeo Foundation is a non-profit organization which supports people battling terminal illnesses such as cancer. The Foundation's goal is to help enrich the lives of families in northern Nevada who are struggling through illness.

Dr. Rappaport, an orthopedic spine surgeon, has been an active volunteer with the Reno Rodeo Foundation for more than 20 years, and this will make Physician’s Assistant Chenoweth’s third year volunteering. They will be available to treat any ailments those on the Cattle Drive might experience, like trauma, saddle sores, allergies, common colds, and the occasional bumps and bruises.

Sierra Regional Spine Institute's Practice Administrator Penny Forbes says, "the doctor prepares for weeks before the ride by collecting or personally supplying the medical gear carried and used on the drive, growing his 'cowboy' mustache, and training with his horse."

"Each day is quite an adventure," Star Chenoweth explains. "We set up a medical tent at camp each evening and treat anyone who many have suffered saddle sores or bumps and bruises from the day's ride."

Chenoweth says everyone at the practice is excited to support the Reno Rodeo Foundation.

"This is a great chance for us to get outside for a week; it's beautiful," said Chenoweth. "We're very excited to once again to support the Reno Rodeo Foundation by providing medical coverage to those participating in the cattle drive. This is a very exciting week-long event for all involved."

About Sierra Regional Spine Institute

The Sierra Regional Spine Institute takes a multidisciplinary approach to spinal treatments. The team emphasizes a conservative approach and the use of minimally invasive procedures. They can provide treatment for spinal fractures, scoliosis, herniated discs, pain, and more. To learn more about their services, visit sierraregionalspine.com

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