Cowboys Who Care Foundation
"Because every kid wants to be a cowboy or cowgirl"
a non-profit 501-c3
Welcome to the
Cowboys Who Care
We are 100% volunteer 501c3 organization that is dedicated to provide smiles, support and free new, specially made cowboy and cowgirl hats to boys and girls across America with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. It is our belief that there is nothing more precious than a child’s smile. We have found that cowboy hats help create those beautiful smiles. It is our belief that a cowboy hat is still a symbol of bravery, honor and now with your help, compassion.
THESE ARE THE REAL DEAL RESISTOL COWBOY & COWGIRL HATS!
It was important to us to get the kids a REAL cowboy & cowgirl hat. It's not a hat that you would win at a fair or festival in the ring toss. No, we wanted to give them something that would last. Something that when they look at 20 or 30 years from now they will smile knowing they kicked their illness in the butt!
And the company that answered the bell first and has been our biggest supporter, are the great folks at Resistol.
They have been just UNBELIEVABLE by donating thousands of hats to us. And they don't just give us one style, they give us 10 to 15 different styles and each style may have 3 or 4 different hat bands. All with that wonderful Resistol quality. So next time you buy a hat, remember the Resistol - they live it everyday!
Cowboys Who Care Foundation is the brainchild of our Founder, William Lee Martin. In 2010 Martin, a comedian and writer, was asked to perform at a fundraising golf tournament for a young fan named Ashley Miller from Celina, TX, who was battling a rare form of cancer.
Martin said, “Ashley’s story had such an impact on me. And when she bravely lost her battle in June 2011, I knew I wanted to help other kids like her. Then one day I searched on my computer, ‘Kids with cancer – Images’ and found all these pictures of kids with big, beautiful smiles and bald heads. And in the mirror, I could see my cowboy hat and it hit me, these kids need cowboy hats.”
Martin reached out to Resistol and they jumped on board from the start. Together, Cowboys Who Care and Resistol have given away a little over 10,000 hats since it's inception in 2012.
In 2023, Resistol took over the daily operations of the charity to reach more folks and to benefit more and more kids. Martin remains on the Board and an active member of the team. Ricky Bolin, Resistol's President was named CEO.
Ashley's smile, her strength and her spirit will always be in our hearts. She inspired a movement. And she will never be forgotten.