Dear Hunt of a Lifetime Sponsors',
name is Nancy. I am the mother of the two boys that Hunt of a Lifetime sent to Alaska in August to hunt grizzly bear, moose,
and wolf. My oldest son TJ was told he had a cancerous tumor in his chest in December of 2000. My youngest son Aaron was told
he had Juvenile Diabetes in January of 2000. In 2001 TJ's tumor had disappeared with chemotherapy and Aaron received an insulin
pump. This year in December TJ may be done with chemotherapy.
to thank you for the most wonderful vacation of my life. Alaska is beautiful and it was a blessing to be able to go there
with my boys. As a mother I enjoy seeing those special smiles on their faces that had not been there a whole lot in the last
two years. In Alaska I was able to see those smiles a lot.
spent two days in Anchorage. One day we watched float planed land and take off Hood Lake next to our hotel. As we watched
the clouds lifted and that is when we first seen the mountains that surrounded Anchorage. We also went to a tannery, "Alfa
Furs". They showed us how the hides are tanned and different animals that were already done. It was very interesting. To show
the boys the cost of fur coats I brought them to a fur salon, they were surprised.
flew from Anchorage, to Nome, to Koyuk an Eskimo village where our outfitter lives. We arrived about noon. From Koyuk we flew
to the Ungalik River to our camp for the next ten days. We moved into our tents and went fishing. Just about every day someone
went fishing and most of the time the fishing was good.
would sit for many hours everyday looking for bears. Sometimes we would sit on the tundra and the smell was wonderful and
other times we would sit on the cliff tops and then float quietly down the river hunting back to camp. It was so peaceful
and the sunsets colored the sky, along with a rainbow one night.
six days of hunting Aaron shot his bear. Three days later TJ shot his bear. Aaron's bear was about 10 years old and TJ's was
about 20 yrs. old. Both were big bears. I really liked not having to cook or think about what to cook. The guides were great
and took good care of us. It was a pleasure to meet the guides Palmer, Tommy, Steve, and Tom, Brad Jones from HOAL, Larry
Csonka and his cameramen, and Bob Hannon "the outfitter" and his family.
Thank you. May God's grace and love be with you always.