It had been decades since Darrell held a fishing rod and reel, but the muscle memory in his hands knew exactly what to do!

Darrell, a Marine veteran, talked with Vanessa from Hillcrest Hospice about his memories of trying to catch the big one.  Vanessa knew Dreamweaver Foundation partnered with Live Well. Go Fish., a nonprofit that takes hospice patients boating and fishing on a custom-made wheelchair accessible pontoon boat on the beautiful Lake Wanahoo in Wahoo, NE.

The leaves were starting to change as the days got shorter and there was a crispness in the air.  Our hope was to get Darrell on the water before the cold weather stuck around.

Just days before a cold snap, Darrell was, in fact, out on the water at Lake Wanahoo.  I think it will be the last “warm” day of the fall season.  And it was the perfect day for a fishing adventure!

Accompanying Darrell was his favorite caregiver from Ridgecrest, Jerry.  Ashley from Dreamweaver Foundation greeted the fisherman, gave Darrell a backpack filled with all the necessary fishing snacks, including Hersey candy bars, Darrell’s favorite!  With Live Well. Go Fish. founder, David and Live Well. Go Fish. guides and volunteer also on board, Darrell was ready to bait up and drop his line into the water!

The music started and the boat motored out onto the lake.  Memories of Darrell’s childhood flooded back as they toured the lake and caught 20 fish!  Darrell couldn’t stop smiling all day long.

Thank you to Live Well. Go Fish., Ridgecrest, Hillcrest Hospice and Papio Transportation.