Fishing update: Beckett went on an ORK fishing adventure on a private ranch with his family. His sister Maddie wrote us a letter about their experience.
Oconto River Kids
Maddie Roerdink | June 29, 2017
I had, what people called a once-in-a-lifetime, opportunity to go on an Oconto River Kids adventure. Nate and his family are such great people and super easy to get along with. He made this possible for my family & I. I am so grateful for everything that they have done for us.
My brother, Beckett, happens to have a life-threatening disease. He is a strong fighter to Grade ll Ependymoma Brain Cancer. The experience that he, and our whole family, had was amazing. We got to go tubing on a private 65-acre lake, feed over 31 different types of horses & pigs, fish on a pontoon boat, have a fire while playing night games with his son Mick, and, according to my dad, the highlight of the trip for him was because of Beckett. He had caught the biggest bluegill my dad had ever caught or even seen in his 30 years of fishing.
I, personally, would do it over again. We had so much fun doing everything. My favorite parts had to be learning how to open reel cast, playing king of the hill on the dock, feeding a just-born miniature horse, looking for bears at night since my mom really wanted to see a black bear, and just overall learned so much more about fishing. I now know what types of fish are which, what types of lures catch what types of fish, & just about how easy it is to cast and to get it stuck on a tree.
My family and I all got some tan and a lot of sunburn, but it was totally worth it. The people were right, this definitely was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The memories & friends will never be forgotten.