February 23, 2018

In 2017, barrel racer Jimmy Bryant raised $16,000 for the Make-A-Wish organization and a young cowboy named Brantley Morren, a four-year-old leukemia survivor. This year, Bryant is working to raise funds for Stella, a 16-month-old girl facing a rare form of leukemia called MLL. RFD-TV got a chance to sit down with Jimmy, Stella's grandparents, and their friend Miranda Goff, to learn more about Stella and his fundraising efforts.

Barrel racer Jimmy Bryant's journey to THE AMERICAN started with a dare to wear tie-dye. "There was a girl there that said, 'Hey Jimmy, if you make it to THE AMERICAN again, would you wear tie-dye?'" 

Now, his outfit is ready. And while he hopes to leave Texas with $1 million, this competition has nothing to do with personal glory. "I thought how can I do this and help people," Bryant says, "and then Make-A-Wish come to mind and it just blew up after that."

Tonight, Jimmy and his horse "Little Bit Of Cowboy," will be competing again in Cowtown Coliseum during the American Semi-Finals tonight in honor of Stella and to help boost the fundraising efforts. If he finishes in the top 10, he will have punched his ticket to Sunday and will be eligible for a $1 million dollar payday.

Don't miss the 2nd performance of the Semi-Finals for RFD-TV's The American, presented by DISH TONIGHT on The CowboyChannel and Ruralradio147, starting at 7 PM ET.

To donate to Stella's cause, visit www.gofundme.com/jimmy-bryant-races-for-stella.