Something to look forward to.
For Matt Jahner, having that one thing made all the difference.
“You forget everything that is going on,” says Jahner.
And forgetting sounds pretty good when you’ve been battling Leukemia since you were 17-years-old.
Twice he was in remission.
Twice it came back.
“It’s definitely scary,” says Jahner.
For years his immune system was too weak to be in the outdoors or around animals.
Both are something that this outdoorsman always used to look forward to.
“I’ve always enjoyed hunting, just enjoying nature,” says Jahner.
That’s where Brian Solum and the Outdoor Adventure Foundation comes in.
It’s an organization that takes young people with cancer on fishing and hunting trips.
“We get a tag annually for these foundations so we are going to make a dream come true…Some of these hunts are some of the biggest adventures that they’ll do,” says Brian Solum, Founder.
A bull elk.
“Matt is going to get a good bull,” says Solum.
On the first night within only a few hours, that’s exactly what happened.
One of the biggest the ranchers at the 4K Ranch where they were hunting had seen.
“Couldn’t believe how much fat he had on him…I sat on him to take pictures and my legs didn’t touch the ground on either side,” says Jahner.
Luckily this bull was a trophy for more than just size.
Jahner has just recently went into remission for a third time.
“It’s hard living with it too because it’s back in your mind you know you get anxious and you feel good band you think oh my gosh is it back again? It took me a long time to learn how to live in the now,” says Jahner.
And now Jahner is just looking forward to mounting his unforgettable bull.
The Outdoor Adventure Foundation also sets up trips for disabled veterans who are wheelchair bound or lost a limb.