Josh Kittle's Outdoor Wish
Letter from Josh's Dad
Steve, first of all thank
you. Josh had a wonderful time. he was so excited, he told me, this
is the greatest day of my life. From a fathers side of things, there
is so much that these kids go through to see them be this excited
brings tears to my eyes. Josh and I will never forget these days,
and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Now the hunting story.
There was about sixteen
hunters there for the hunt. There were four that hunting with a bow.
I spent the day waiting impatiently for Josh to see a boar. For the
first 5 hours there were no gun shots, that is very rare. It was a
warm afternoon and the pigs were bedded down and resting in the warmth.
It happened the Ted stopped
by Friday afternoon. I visited with him for a while, so he knew about
Josh. Ted was doing some filming as he was hunting for a buck. The
guides decided they should go check on the hunters and maybe get the
pigs moving. I rode in the truck with Paul Wilson. When we got to
Josh, he was in the tree all smiles. He had shot a boar and was excited.
Paul and Josh looked for the pig for few minutes, then Paul had to
check on the other hunters. Over the radio he told the guides, Josh
had shot a boar in the left shoulder and to keep a look out for it.
A few minutes later we heard
a couple pistol shots. Ted called on the radio, he said he had finished
off Josh's pig. Josh was so afraid he would not find the pig. He had
shot it high and there was no blood to trail. It was a real nice boar,
approx. 225 to 250 lbs. It is now at Nagels being processed. We have
the cape in the freezer to take to the taxidermist.
One of the guides named
Buddy treated Josh like he was his own. Josh was having trouble with
his bow the morning we arrived. Buddy helped Josh until they had the
bow shooting correctly and Josh was confident with it. Buddy went
out of his way many times during the hunt to make Josh feel important.
Paul Wilson was pretty busy with everything going on, but he talked
to me a lot and stated, if Josh was unsuccessful he would arrange
it so he could come back and hunt until he got a pig.
Ted took time to know Josh
by name and was great to him. Josh was a fan before, but a greater
fan today. We had to leave late Saturday morning. They did not have
any of Ted's merchandise there until after we left. Josh wanted to
get a T-Shirt and Ted's new CD. I will talk to Paul this week and
see what I can arrange for Ted to sign these for Josh. We took many
pictures, and should have them back later this week.
Josh will be sending a thank-you
as soon as he has the pictures back. As we left Josh took time to
thank Buddy and Ted, he let them know that he will be back one of
these days. So, in closing the greatest thing this trip gave us, is
hope. Josh now has something worth fighting for and there is now amount
of money in this world that can buy this. Steve, bless you and your
organization, you have put more fight in one young mans life than
I thought was possible.
James & Gail Kittle
B4K Notes: James'
hunt, lodging, travel expenses and taxidermy were paid for by Benefit4Kids