Every now and then we receive a call or message from a high school student who wants to use Catch-A-Dream as their Senior Project. We’ve had numerous students do this over the past few years, and we thought we’d highlight one of the most recent. This story has an interesting twist in that the “plan” was dealt a major setback by weather conditions, but this student, Matt Chenoweth, was not to be outdone. He revised his plan and improvised, demonstrating not only ingenuity but also perseverance and a will to succeed. Our hats are off to Matt, and following is the narrative he provided to us at the conclusion of the project. In our opinion, he should get an A+!
Once-in-a-lifetime hunting and fishing experiences for children who have a life-threatening illness.
It is September, and our 13 year old son, Hunter is going half days to school as often as he possibly can, but has missed numerous days from appointments, chemo treatments and days of not feeling well. It stresses him out trying to stay caught up, but he’s been doing great. He had his first of two cycles of chemo on September 3rd and 10th. He handles the first part of the cycle just fine, but the second one usually kicks his tail.
Let me back up for a few minutes. Several months ago, our social worker at the hospital, Erin (she is awesome by the way), got us hooked up with Catch-A-Dream for a hunting & fishing trip for Hunter. We wrestled with whether or not we could do this trip for many reasons. Our first priority was obviously Hunter’s health and if it would be safe for him to fly. That would all come down to how his numbers were just before the trip. [click to continue…]