June 12, 2009 | Artisan
the qualifying child population would no longer be able to realize their greatest dream; a dream that Bruce and countless outdoorsmen considered worthy and appropriate.
He envisioned a program that would fill this service gap and provide life-changing hunting and fishing experiences for children facing life-threatening illness at a time when "....these children need to know that hope does, in-deed, exist." Although Bruce did not survive long enough to accomplish anything beyond sharing his vision with friends and family, the program was created a few months after his death in 2000 by some of those same friends and family members.
Ultimately, in 2003, the Catch-A-Dream Foundation was chartered to provide a 501c3 home specifically to support the Program by the same name. “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) We use hunting and fishing as opportune tools to expose them to the "..wonders of God..." that await them in "The High Country," as they spend time in the outdoors, away from the bleak and sterile world of medical facilities, treatments, and hospital gowns, but in the presence of The Creator who is the Author of real hope.
On each trip, the children and the family members who accompany them, are surrounded by outdoors-minded people who understand that these children are often "...sick and tired of being sick and tired!" A designated Catch-A-Dream host accompanies each family and, together with outfitters and local volunteers, facilitate their dream experience, love and nurture them through the strong personal relationships that inevitably are forged in the lodge, on the stream or in the woods. Hosts and volunteers often become their best friends, and remain a part of their families long after the dream trip has concluded.
As one volunteer eloquently stated, "We can’t change the whole world; but we can change some-one’s whole world for at least a short period!" Many parents have confirmed that the mission is consistently accomplished!
The partnership is a working partner ship that allows participation from members of the United Taxidermist Association.
The program works as follows: When a youth is selected for hunting or fishing trip by Catch-A-Dream the CADF will contact the UTA Taxidermy Coordinator to begin the process of locating a qualified participating taxidermist in the area. The UTA Taxidermy Coordinator will advise Catch-A-Dream of all arrangements and commitments prior to the start of the hunt or fishing trip including the name and shipping address of the participating taxidermist as well as any other pertinent contact information.
Upon completion of the hunt or fishing trip the CADF volunteer Host will work with the Outfitter to arrange the preparation and safe delivery of the specimen to the taxidermist, and will track the specimen using the CADF Chain of Custody forms, providing all info to the CADF office and the UTA Taxidermy Coordinator.
Specimens delivered to participating taxidermists are required to be completed in a timely manner consistent with CADF policy and the urgency of the specific child case as agreed upon prior to the trip. Upon completion of the specimen the UTA Taxidermy Coordinator will then arrange for shipping or personal delivery to the youth at home, advising the CADF office of all progress and activity.
Shipping and/or reasonable transportation costs to be paid for by CADF after approval of proposed shipping arrangements by CADF. The UTA will supply, or cause to be supplied, any and all materials used in the completion of the taxidermy work including, but not limited to, tanning, manikins, miscellaneous supplies such as clay, glue, and artificial eyes and ears.
Donations of these materials will be made directly from the suppliers to the participating taxidermist in the name of the CADF. The UTA is proud to participate in this partnership and work in providing lasting memories for the young hunters and fishermen (&Gals!) Participation in this program requires the taxidermist to be able to be willing to put aside other work and turn around the mount quickly.
We Stand Together
The United Taxidermist Association is an international organization with thousands of members worldwide. We have no boundaries. Our vision is to unite, promote, and champion the needs of taxidermists and those that support and strengthen us where ever we are.
The United Taxidermist Association is proud to announce our partnership with the Catch-a-Dream Foundation. Catch-A-Dream grants once-in-a-lifetime outdoor experiences to children 18 years old or younger who have a life-threatening illness. Catch-A-Dream's singular purpose is to provide consumptive use outdoor experiences to fill the "gap" created when the Make-A-Wish Foundation established national policy that precludes granting a child a wish that involves hunting or use of "...firearms, hunting bows, or other hunting or sport-shooting equipment." A Program for Youth with Precious Little Time to Lose Catch-A-Dream gives children with life-threatening illnesses the chance of a lifetime to experience an outdoor adventure.
When battling cancer, Bruce Brady, noted outdoorsman, author and sculptor drew strength and hope from his beloved outdoor experiences. During the last days of his personal struggle with cancer he was deeply concerned that the world’s largest children’s wish granting organization had established national policy that created a glaring gap in its service to qualifying children. Thus, one segment of
The UTA grew from the need for unity and professionalism within the taxidermy industry. In art, unity occurs when all of the elements combine to make a balanced, harmonious, complete whole. The UTA creates that unity, a place for all individuals to come together for the betterment of the industry and those that support it.
It’s no coincidence that the UTA starts with You! Be a part of the most positive new force in taxidermy. Join the United Taxidermist Association today. www.unitedtaxidermyassociation.com