By Sean Giggy
(WAOW)- Hunter Ridenoul isn't a professional fisherman, but that's not going to keep him from trying to be one. In fact, not much has stood in the way of this 19-year-old's dreams because despite having autism, he's determined to give fishing his best shot.
"I want to fish on Bassmasters and FOW for a living," Ridenoul said. "It's my life. This summer I've been fishing nonstop."
Hunter is just one of more than 1000 disabled or sick kids who have had an outdoor dream fulfilled through the United Special Sportsman Alliance and once a year, all the kids helped by USSA get together in Pittsville for a big summer bash.
"I look forward to it more than 100 percent, let's put it that way," said Brittany Zebransky." Anytime I get really excited I go like this with my hands and my parents are like 'Brittany, settle down,' and I say 'no, I'm too excited.'"
The United Special Sportsman Alliance allows kids with disabilities an opportunity to live their outdoor dreams and this weekend's big bash is a great way to have some fun.
"I've been very blessed with excellent health and the ability to go hunting and fishing whenever I please," said USSA promotions director Matt Normington. "Just to give that back to somebody who might not have the opportunity is really important to me."
(But) for Hunter, this weekend isn't only about having fun, he says he loves helping younger kids learn to fish and wants them to know that despite disabilities, they can do anything if they set their mind to it.
"It makes their day and I know how they feel because I went through it," Ridenoul said. "I know they need to have fun and smile and stuff and it makes my day too."
Online Reporter- Sean Giggy