Charles was a life-long resident of Falls City, Nebraska. Growing up with nine brothers and sisters, he always had a sibling to go fishing with. Bluegill, Walleye, Crappie—they caught them all. Then they released the fish back into the water in hopes of catching one another day.
After high school, Charles enlisted in the United States Army. Two years later, after completing his dedicated service, he returned to Falls City. He continued to fish on the weekends in between occasional trips to the casino.
In 2012, Charles was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Because of his memory loss, most days he doesn’t remember casting a line or reeling in a big one. But one day he did remember his love for fishing and Becky from AseraCare Beatrice knew Dreamweaver could help. Charles was going to get the chance to fish again.
It was a beautiful Friday afternoon, a little windy, but one of the best weather days that week. Charles, several family members and his AseraCare Hospice Beatrice team went for a fishing adventure at Stanton Lake near Falls City. Through a partnership with Scheels, Charles was outfitted with all the fishing essentials.
Charles and his great nephew didn’t catch any fish, but that might have been because they loved casting the rod instead of patiently waiting for a bite. To soothe their sorrows, the fishing crew headed to Frosty Queen for a cold treat. At the end of the day, it’s not about how many fish you catch, but the memories created.
Thank you to AseraCare for nominating Charles and Scheels for providing the fishing gear to help Charles once again experience his lifelong passion.