As many of you know, Camo Cares has grown over the years to raise a tremendous amount of money, and as our organization has grown, so do the number of people we support. When we started Camo Cares 7 years ago, we initially only raised money for children suffering from life-threatening illness to go on their hunt of a lifetime. As we grew, we expanded our mission and began to raise money for wounded veterans. We are happy to announce that this year, we are not only raising money for children suffering from life-threatening illness and wounded veterans, but we are also raising money for children with life-altering medical or social conditions to give them the opportunity to experience a once in a lifetime outdoor adventure. While we raise enough money each year to send over 70 kids and vets on their hunt of a lifetime, this year we will be tagging along on three different hunts with two very special kids and one veteran.
Tristyn Dennis from Smethport PA was diagnosed with AML Leukemia when he was 11 years old. He spent over 6 months in Children’s Hospital where he received chemo and other procedures to battle his disease. Tristyn loves to play sports, hunt, fish, and ride his four-wheeler. He is very excited to be going on a moose hunt to British Columbia on his hunt of a lifetime!
US Army Sergeant First Class Joseph Masseur was wounded in Afghanistan when his MRAP vehicle rolled over an IED. As a result, he sustained severe injuries to both legs, which required seven surgeries to repair, including the amputation of his left leg below the knee. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury and spent two years in rehabilitation when he returned home. His combat awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Good conduct medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, GWAT, Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) and Combat Action Badge (CAB).
On the afternoon of Nov. 7, 2015, twelve-year-old Seth Apel was on the hill above his house, cutting firewood with his brothers and dad when his sleeve was caught in the PTO of the tractor and completely severed his arm below the shoulder. Seth was life-flighted to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA where they were able to re-attach his arm. It has been a long process, but with the help of God and the support of so many in the community, Seth is making a miraculous recovery. Seth loves sports and the outdoors and can't wait to go on his hunt!
Our annual Wounded Veteran Show where we raise money at our annual event Camo Cares to take wounded veterans on their hunt of a lifetime. Join us as we take an awesome guy and amazing soldier, Hubert Gonzales on an elk hunt in New Mexico.
See 13 year old Alana, who is battling Leukemia have her hunt of a lifetime and take a great bull elk in Oregon.