AP is proud to support and donate to Hunt of a Lifetime a nonprofit organization with a mission to grant hunting and fishing dreams for children age 21 and under, who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.
Hunt of a Lifetime started in Pennsylvania, but the foundation is now growing in Minnesota thanks to one mother, Renee Walden. Hunt of a Lifetime helped her son, Ryan go on a hunt in Colorado when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2006. Four years later Ryan unfortunately passed away, but the memories he made from this trip lasted a lifetime. With the significant impact this organization had on her son, Renee knew she wanted to get more involved to keep his memory alive.
“I need to get people aware of who we are, what we do and to give these kids something to look forward to other than doctor appointments, hospital visits, chemo and needles. It just gives them something to look forward to,” said Renee.
Renee is now the Minnesota ambassador for Hunt of a Lifetime. The nonprofit makes sure kids, like her son, can go on a dream trip as they fight for their lives. Since the start of the organization in 1998, they have provided more than 1,000 hunting and fishing trips. The sold-out Minnesota Hunt of a Lifetime Fundraising Banquet held on February 23rd raised $45,000, which is enough to send four kids on a fantastic fishing or hunting trip. Renee was humbled and so grateful for the outpouring support and donations to the organization, one that means so much to her and so many others.