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LARAMIE — Philip Hansen Jr. of Rock Springs will be honored as the 2013-14 ASUW (Associated Students of the University of Wyoming) Honorary Cowboy at the Border War between Wyoming and CSU on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The program was established by ASUW in 2011 to honor a child in grades K through 12 who faces a “formidable life condition or circumstances that require a ‘Cowboy Up’ spirit.”

Hansen, 12, was nominated by Eastside Elementary School counselor Erika Frisby, who helped Hansend with a 750-word essay on why the nominee represents the “Cowboy Up” spirit and wrote a letter of recommendation for him. An ASUW executive, senator and staff member; a UW Athletics Department representative; and a UW student at large will serve on the selection committee.

Frisby said Hansen deserves the award after facing first the death of his mother and then his brother in a short period of time, “continuing to push forward and be positive after both events.”

Hansen’s brother, Hunter Hansen, was an Honorary Coach for Wyoming Coach Dave Christensen when the Pokes hosted CSU in November 2012, riding in a golf cart with Christensen during the Cowboy Walk, accompanying the team in the locker room, leading the team onto Jonah Field holding Christensen’s hand, and returning to Rock Springs with a pile of autographs and memorabilia.

He also was the last Cowboy to hold the Bronze Boot after the 45-31 victory, and carried the trophy to its permanent resting place after the game.

Hunter Hansen died Jan. 1, 2013, four days before his 10th birthday, of acute myeloid leukemia, which he fought valiantly for 18 months.

In September 2012, Hansen’s mother, Cherilyn Hansen, died of unexpected respiratory failure while with Hunter at Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City.

Philip Hansen Sr., father of the boys, will accompany Philip Hansen Jr., on his special day

in Laramie.

Community News editor Sally Ann Shurmur can be reached at 307-266-0520; sallyann.shurmur@trib.com; read her blog at trib.com/dishin; or follow her on Twitter @WYOSAS

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