Ohio Hunt 4 Hope
The Hunt 4 Hope was the inspiration of an 11-year old named Cooper. In January 2015 he was officially diagnosed with a very progressive and rare form of Charcot Marie Tooth Neuropathy. At present, there is no treatment or cure.
In the winter of 2013 Cooper’s fingers began to curl into his palms and not straighten out. But his passion to be out in the woods, and the desire to harvest his first deer never wavered. Finally, in the fall of 2014 Cooper was able to make his dream come true due to a big-hearted couple that opened up their farm to him.
That experience was life-altering in more than one way, for many people. Cooper, even at his young age, had big ideas! After the hunt he said something very profound – he told his mom & dad “I wish other kids like me would be able to do what I was able to do”. In that moment, the Hunt 4 Hope was born!
Enter fall 2015 – TenPoint Crossbows (Barb Terry, Customer Relations/Training/Education) was contacted by Cooper’s dad Scott about facilitating the first ever Ohio Hunt 4 Hope. Four young hunters would embark on possibly the most exciting weekend of their lives. Three of the hunters had varying degrees of Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, and one hunter with Cerebral Palsy.
With each youths disability/medical issue thoroughly discussed, a plan was set into motion. A specific TenPoint or Wicked Ridge crossbow, some equipped with additional adaptive equipment, was set-up for each hunter.
To put it mildly, the 2015 Hunt 4 Hope event was a huge success – three out of the four hunters were able to harvest deer!
The 2016 event brought extremely cold mornings and high temps in the afternoons, but the five hunters never wavered. Only two of the five hunters were lucky enough to have deer walk into shooting range, and they were both able to harvest their first deer!
Cooper is the spokesperson of this event and provides encouragement to all of the kids that have the opportunity to get out and hunt. He makes himself available during the entire hunt and is there waiting to congratulate each hunter as they return with their harvest. And whenever possible, he is on the deer recovery team! Thank goodness he has a keen eye for blood-trailing!
In November of 2016, Cooper McCoy Incorporated was created as a 501c3 non-profit organization, and the Ohio Hunt 4 Hope event found its permanent home.
*For more photos of the 2016 event, click on any of the images in the article, or click HERE!