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Non-profit group takes ill and disabled children on a turkey hunt

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JUNCTION CITY (WAOW) -- A group of critically ill and disabled children went out before the sun came up to go on an turkey hunt outside Junction City.

"I've never done this ever before, and it was an amazing experience," said Dale Casperson.

Early Sunday morning this group of children experienced hunting for the first time.

"Shot a turkey, it was awesome," said Braden Stemm.

Each year this group of volunteers takes a group of disabled and critically ill children, and teaches them how to hunt.

"This is just an experience I can go back on and say, wow that was so much fun," said Dale Casperson.

This year United Special Sportsmen Alliance helped more than 20 kids and their families.

"This is just a great family organization that has created a way for families to be together for the weekend, get away from the stresses of life, from hospitals and care plans, and just be able to relate as a family with all of the challenges of life erased," said Tami Delisle.

Delisle is one of the parents with sick children. Delisle said her cousin encouraged them to participate. She said her cousin, who also suffered from physical challenges as a child, started the organization in 2000.

"Bridget suffered from epilepsy as a child and then lived through over 20 years of domestic violence and then had a brain tumor removed," said Delisle.

In 2007, the organization decided to take children out on the turkey hunt.

"She in talking to other wish granting foundations discovered there wasn't anybody who would grant hunting trips to children with special needs," said Delisle.

Over the years the hunt has helped more than 100 children.

"I think when you look at the looks on the kids faces you'll see why we do what we do here," John Haydock.

Organizers said they need more volunteers for the turkey hunt next year. To learn more about getting involved just go to childswish.org.

 

Online Reporter: Julienne Ryan

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