Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Dream Realized

Seven-year-old Austin Scott and father Marty with Austin's Wyoming elk

Photo courtesy of Marty and Leigh Anne Scott

Outdoor Dream Foundation of Anderson, SC, has helped to make this an outstanding year for Austin Scott. He has caught striped bass, taken his first wild turkey, killed four whitetail deer, an alligator and trumped it all by taking a 5x5 bull elk in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Many of these adventures were made possible by the efforts of Brad Jones and the Outdoor Dream Foundation. Harold Jones, noted coach of T.L. Hanna High School, was founder and his son Brad is actively running the organization to help make the dreams of kids with life-threatening illnesses come true.

Austin is an eager, happy boy that is fulfilling many of his dreams of adventure. He started shooting a .22 rifle and developed his skills by shucking thousands of rounds through the firearm. He later graduated to a Thompson Center 7mm-o8 that was customized by Jarrett Rifles of South Carolina. With this rifle, he took his big elk at 130 yards. The guide said that he couldn't have made a better shot himself. The elk only traveled 20 yards before dropping.

One only has to talk with Leigh Anne and Marty to realize the pride they have in Austin and the gratitude that they have for the Outdoor Dream Foundation. Austin has battled leukemia and gone through chemotherapy and stem cell transplants and has been in remission for 3 years now.

We have been praying for Austin for several years and following his progress. It gives us great joy to see him healthy and enjoying life.

Merry Christmas to Austin, Leigh Anne and Marty Scott.

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