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April 06, 2011
Kids Hunting For a Cure - 7
by Ray Eye
I met one of the coolest bunch of young hunters ever assembled on a recent Kids Hunting for a Cure event in Tennessee. KHFAC leads kids, many with terminal illnesses, on organized hunts to raise money for cancer research and to teach them that they can make a difference.
Guide Kelly Cooper drove all the way from Pennsylvania, Von Eubanks flew in from California, and Terry Phillips, Don Shipp and Mike Miller came in early on Tuesday just to help scout hunting spots.
My brother Marty and I met with our kids when we got there. I hunted with 12-year-old Blake Carpenter and Marty hunted with Blake's 10-year-old brother Bailey. They are two great kids and we all had a lot of fun together.
But this hunt was about more than just killing turkeys. The four of us all had a great time, and I think Bailey and Blake are now hooked on turkey hunting. Mission accomplished.
As of Saturday afternoon there were 22 birds harvested and 23 reported misses. We only got to hunt for one day, however my long-time friend and fellow road dog, Terry Phillips, hunted our area Sunday morning and took a nice gobbler with his hunter Trent Kelsey.
Fostering an appreciation for the outdoors in the next generation is a primary goal of Kids Hunting for a Cure (KHFAC), which was founded in 2007 by Dr. John Waples and Dave Norval.
“When you take them out, their eyes sparkle,” says "Super" Dave Norval.
Based in Tennessee, KHFAC is entirely volunteer-run, but there’s no problem getting people to donate time, land and knowledge.
“Successful hunters love to teach,” says Waples. “Getting them to take kids out is easy. You just need an organizational base. We provide that platform.”
KHFAC has raised approximately $240,000 nationally through organized hunts, auctions and cookouts. The organization currently operates in seven states and aims to have at least 70 chapters by the end of 2011.