John Braschayko's Outdoor Wish Hunt
The picture is of 13 year
old John Braschayko who is Benefit4Kids most recent Outdoor
Wish Kid. Benefit4Kids teamed up with Brigid ODonoghue
of Bio-Tec research and Bill Roller of Little Flat Creek Ranch to
send John on his wish hunt. Some of you may remember John from my
post He Made Me Cry a month or so ago.
April and I met John and
his Mom at an outdoor show in early September. When April asked John
what kind of hunt he would like to go on he sheepishly replied Id
like to get a big buck, that got the ball rolling. John suffers
from Epilepsy and had to have part of his brain removed to help control
his seizures. The surgery left John with several physical problems
including paralysis of his right side. He fought like crazy to regain
movement in his right side and just recently became strong enough
to shoot a gun.
When I spoke to Brigid about
John I found out that she had gone through a very similar experience
when she was younger. Brigid contacted Bill Roller and told him Johns
story. Bill graciously donated a hunt for John at his 1700-acre ranch.
Johns Mom, Dad and Brigid were also invited along to share in
Johns Outdoor Wish. Johns hunt was scheduled for the 15th
of November so his Mom and Dad decided to make a trip of it and left
early so they could enjoy the trip from Michigan to Southern Missouri
and visit some sights along the way.
When they arrived at Bills
ranch not only did he take John under his wing but he also took him
fishing on a few streams at the ranch and fixed dinner for the whole
family. They then headed for the range to check Johns gun and
Johns first shot was only 1 ½ off of the bulls-eye.
Once out in the blind it didnt take long before a good 10 point
buck came out to the food plot and John excitedly got ready to make
his shot. Although he still struggles with the weakness in his right
arm and hand he steadied his rifle and made a nice one shot kill on
a great buck.
As Ive mentioned before
it takes a lot of people to make this kind of Outdoor Wish come true
and those of you who support Benefit4Kids through donations or purchases
of Ultimate Sportsmen Raffle tickets are as much a part of making
Johns wish come true as anyone. Id like to personally
thank Brigid for the hard work she does to help so many kids and also
Bill Roller for donating this hunt to John. They helped to make a
young mans dream come true and quite possibly have changed his
Heres just a few excerpts
from an e-mail Johns Mom sent me and one from his sister Karen
that Id like to share with all of you.
Our trip was an absolute
dream come true!
The whole thing was
so incredible. John has memories to last a lifetime.
From Karen He is so
touched that people like you would do so much for him; I remember
the day he came home and told me about it.
This has made a huge
difference in John's life.
My Thanks to all of you,
B4K Notes: John's
hunt was donated by Bill Roller of Little Flat Creek Ranch
John's lodging and travel expenses were covered by Benefit4Kids
John's deer mount was donated by St. Clair Flats Taxidermy