Charity group helps stricken youth fulfill dreams.
By: Ron Steffe
Glenn Ammons IV was introduced to hunting and fishing at a young age, so it was no surprise that he was returning from a hunting trip in November of 2008 when like flu like symptoms first became evident. For the Garden Spot High School student, a boyscout and a FFA member who has performed a stream restoration undertaking for an FFA project, the flu symptoms worsened to the point where Doctors prescribed further testing. The results came back with a diagnosis of Choriocarcinoma, an aggressive cancer usually of the placenta. In rare occurrences, it forms in the testicles. This is where it manifested in Glenn. As fate would have it, last fall a group of Berks County Outdoorsman lead by Mike Huey, a Taxidermist by trade, were discussing the idea of providing some sort of outdoor adventure for youth with physical disabilities or life threatening diseases. Jared Smith the owner of a small archery shop, new of Glenn Ammons and his condition by virtue of visits to the shop by Glenn and his father, Glenn III. Huey and Smith along with mutual friends Leon Blew and Brian and Brad Goodhart decided to throw enough money together to fund a crossbow hunt for a Corsican Ram with owner and guide Steve Mohr of exotic islands safari near Harrisburg for young Ammons. Mohr's Island where the rams call home, is about one mile in length and averages about 500 yards in width, and accessible by boat only. When the day of the hunt arrived, hunters and equipment were loaded aboard, and the river crossed. Traveling to the island were Ammons and his father, Mohr, and local videographer Greg Krick. When reaching the island, the Ammons found the terrain comprised of many trees, thick brush and a couple of open spots. Mohr then explained the difficulty of scoring on a Corsican. He warned that they were mostly found in small groups, and when pushed they become extremely wary and seek thick cover, making a good shot difficult. With Ammons using a crossbow, the hunt would not be easy. The strategy called for letting the river current carry the boat around the island quietly for the purpose of spotting the sheep. Ammons himself spotted a nice ram in some heavy brush. The group drifted past the Quarry and landed. Glenn started his stalk with the morning sun at his back and through the heavy undergrowth, a difficult task that he was ready to complete. He eventually stalked with 25 yards of the mature male, and perfectly placed a shot which dropped the heavy horned animal. The group hurried to the spot where the ram laid, and were mutually impressed by the boy's accuracy. The animal was dressed and returned to the boat, but the hunt was still far from over. Glenn III and son were equally surprised when the father was also allowed to harvest a ram about a half hour later, an additional request added by the donating group. Both rams were loaded on the boat, and the small party returned to shore where they were reunited with those who had accompanied the Ammons to the rivers shoreline, but were unable to tag along to the island. Photos, rehashing of the hunt and a overall ambiance of excitement exchanged between everyone followed. Simply by observing the joyful look on the faces of father and son, inspired group members new they had achieved what they intended.
An article from the September 24th 2010 issue
PA Outdoor News