For the second year, Hunting for the cure welcomes children with cancer to the Grady Stille Plantation for a two day hunting expedition-- free of charge.
Keith Stille, Hunting for the Cure Organizer, explains "we had kids sitting around the table eating dinner and it was amazing as the parents and ourselves were back just watching & listening to the chatter of all the children."
Kids like James who has leukemia and is fighting for his life
Jason Poole, Hunting for the Cure participant says, "it's just hard because you don't get to do the things that normal kids do. And you just don't know what's gonna happen tomorrow."
And as we head to the woods bright and early, Jason tells me this helps keep him locked and loaded on kicking his cancer.
He's been battling since 2010. After rounds of chemo, he says the time with his grandfather and chances of shooting bucks are a welcomed relief from the treatment tearing down his immune system.
"It keeps the kids going I guess. It makes them happy," Jason adds.
Not only does it make the kids happy. It also helps loved ones deal with the process -- as they hole up together --16 feet in the air -- and wait for the trail of deer.
Glenn Shands, Jason's Grandfather shares "it's just an opportunity for him to drop those shackles that keep him from doing normal things."
Giving them the kind of experience Stille says Hunting for the Cure was created to do.
And while he knows there isn't a permanent fix for his condition, Jason and others says these camps give them something to look forward to.
Another hunter, Joshua Murray adds "it's just an amazing thing to go out, have fun and get away from the hospital."
Hunting for a Cure is set to return in March during turkey season. To find out more about the non-profit, visit http://www.huntingforthecure.org/.
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