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Heartland 19-Nov-21
Heartland 19-Nov-21
Heartland 19-Nov-21
Heartland 19-Nov-21
Dale06 19-Nov-21
arlone 19-Nov-21
midwest 19-Nov-21
Grey Ghost 19-Nov-21
Scoot 19-Nov-21
mattandersen 19-Nov-21
Blue Buck 19-Nov-21
Bowfreak 19-Nov-21
IdyllwildArcher 19-Nov-21
Bowfreak 19-Nov-21
ND String Puller 19-Nov-21
drycreek 19-Nov-21
badguybuster 19-Nov-21
t-roy 19-Nov-21
Marty 19-Nov-21
Dirtman 21-Nov-21
From: Heartland
19-Nov-21

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Not going to be my typical annual post on here... Things have really changed in my life and I honestly hope this educates a few people and possibly helps a few more! My oldest son Grant has developed into my best hunting buddy, the best hunting story teller and ultimately my best friend! Grant is 6 years old and has killed 3 bucks with a crossbow and this past spring shot his first tom with a .410. He truly is everything that I have ever dreamed of for a son. He has my passion for the hunt and I have made it my goal to give him every opportunity at success in the field.

This past September, about the same time as youth season, our world was flipped upside down. Our Grant, my Grant, my best buddy, was diagnosed with a bone marrow failure disorder known as Severe Aplastic Anemia. This is an extremely rare condition with less than 10,000 cases known worldwide! In a nutshell, Grant's bone marrow is not able to produce enough blood cells to support his body. Because of this, Grant has been receiving weekly platelet transfusions and periodic red blood transfusions when needed. The rarity and severity of this disease is absolutely terrifying! Our local hospital has only seen this disease a handful of times and most of them were referrals from other locations.

My wife and I are determined to find and get the best care for Grant... We have been to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, had zoom meetings with Children's of Philadelphia, Children's of Cincinnati and we are currently sitting in Milwaukee seeking treatment from a highly recommended physician. Hopefully this is the answer that we have been searching for but if not, we will keep hunting...

The only cure for Grant's condition is a Bone Marrow Transplant. And in order to do a BMT you must have an acceptable donor. This is where things get frustrating... There are over 7 billion people on this planet and only 9 million are registered to be a bone marrow donor. THERE ARE OVER 4,000 PEOPLE WAITING ON A DONOR, RIGHT NOW, WITHOUT A MATCH! These are people with life threatening conditions like my son that will NEED a donor to continue their run at life.

Guys, this is my only "ask"... Look into getting swabbed to be a donor. It is as easy as anything you will ever do. You can go to bethematch.com and they will send you a swab kit, with return postage. Chances are that you will never be called upon to truly decide if you want to donate but being on the registry is the best way to give someone hope at life!

Prior to this family health crisis, I had purchased my first "Farm". This purchase was something that I have dreamed about for 20 years but became more important in the last 5 years with Grant in the hunting mix. I wanted to secure a piece of dirt that would give my boys the opportunity to hunt and fish, just as I was raised.

I'm not going to go into many details of my hunt because I want to write an article using this deer to get attention for my sons condition and ultimately save a few lives. But in short, I found this deers shed a few weeks after purchasing my farm and had high hopes of seeing him this year. I had very few Trail camera photos this summer and actually didn't get a good picture of him until 10/30... But on the morning on 11/13 I was able to seal the deal with a perfectly placed arrow, sporting Grants initials on the vanes. Buck went down within 30 yards of the stand and Grant was the first person I called! I then made the drive back to my house to pick him up and let him lead the way on the recovery. Walking up on the deer, with my son, on my farm was an emotional rollercoaster!

Thanks for those who read this. Please take a moment to look into becoming a bone marrow donor. There is no reason why EVERYONE can't have a donor. And in this hunting "community", we CAN make the difference. The ideal bone marrow donor is a male, under the age of 40. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK INTO IT!

From: Heartland
19-Nov-21

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Heartland's embedded Photo

From: Heartland
19-Nov-21

Heartland's embedded Photo
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From: Heartland
19-Nov-21

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From: Dale06
19-Nov-21
Well, I’m 30 years past the ideal donor criteria. The best to your son. I’m sure things will work out for him.

From: arlone
19-Nov-21
I was informed when I retired, that they do not take anybody over 65, so leaves me out too. My best to you and your family, as something like this affects everyone. Beautiful buck and a handsome son! Good luck Grant.

From: midwest
19-Nov-21
Prayers for your family.

From: Grey Ghost
19-Nov-21
My prayers sent, as well.

Matt

From: Scoot
19-Nov-21
Prayers sent from MN! Congrats on a great buck and a beautiful son. I hope he can get the treatment he needs and be by your side on many hunting trips in the future.

From: mattandersen
19-Nov-21
Just joined...hope to help someone someday God Bless your boy and family

From: Blue Buck
19-Nov-21
Prayers for your son and family.

From: Bowfreak
19-Nov-21
God bless you and your family. It is of little consolation when you have a sick child, but great buck too.

19-Nov-21
Great buck and a great story. I was swabbed 16 years ago and I've never been called. Everyone who is a candidate should get swabbed - you could save a life.

Best of luck to your son. I'm sure he'll find his match someday and do great.

From: Bowfreak
19-Nov-21
Are they interested in a 50 yr old for this?

19-Nov-21
As a father of 3, I can only imagine the weight on your shoulders right now. Prayers to a good outcome for young Grant.

From: drycreek
19-Nov-21
Prayers for your family Sir.

From: badguybuster
19-Nov-21
GOD always has a plan. Be strong

From: t-roy
19-Nov-21
Prayers sent for your son and your entire family!

From: Marty
19-Nov-21
Awesome buck! Sending prayers for your son.

From: Dirtman
21-Nov-21
Heartland, I was swabbed 5 years ago, I assume I’m still part of the database. Let me know otherwise I will do it it again. Prayers for your son.

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