Thursday, September 26, 2013

Raising money for Chase…..

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Some of the top pro bass fishermen in the industry donated their jerseys to help raise funds for our friend, Chase Heaton who's headed to Arkansas next month for the Junior Bass World Championship. Bidding ends September 29th at 500pm.

click on this link to Bid on the jerseys or go to:

At the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, mention the name Chase Heaton, and the person you’re talking to is likely to tell you they know, or they’ve met, or they’ve heard about, this remarkable young man from Spokane, Wash.

Eighteen years old, tall and wearing a tournament jersey and Triton cap, Heaton looks like many other young men attending the Classic that year. He is, but then again, he isn’t. Diagnosed in October 2012 with stage 2B Hodgkin's lymphoma, Heaton is fighting cancer.
One thing that makes people remember meeting Heaton is his positive attitude. He has refused to let cancer scare him, and he is a quiet fighter.

The other thing about Heaton that strikes people is his passion for bass fishing. He’s the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Washington state champion in the Junior Bassmaster program. When he’s not in school, he works for the Northwest Bass circuit of tournaments — and in the fishing department of a major outdoor retailer. He’s an honor student, on track to graduate this spring and attend college in the fall.

“The response has been so amazing, we don’t even know how many people sent us contributions, but we know many were from people we’ve never met,” said Chase.  Chris Lambert, the owner of Wave Away, LLC started a raffle that turned nationwide. The list is long — I wish I could name every person who donated a check to me.”

From the time he first tossed lures off a dock as a small kid, Heaton has wished he could attend the Classic. His expectations are being met.

He’s got two missions: Beat the cancer, and help people realize that cancer should not be feared, that it can be cured. “If you keep a positive attitude, that’s how you beat it,” he said.

*Excepts came directly from the original article written by Deb Johnson for in February 2012

About the author: Tom is a freelance outdoor writer and full time Firefighter, Paramedic/Lieutenant in Georgia for the past 28 years.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 18 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and he participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab “Jake”.