In a shocking abuse of my editorial authority I am going to leave knives behind for a moment and put in a plug for a great cause. Project Healing Waters is a charititable organization that I am proud to support, both with monetary donations and tomorrow with my time.
To quote their mission statement, “Project Healing Waters is dedicated to the emotional and physical rehabilitation of disabled active duty service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings”.
They do this in many ways including rod building and fly-tying (making of one’s own flies) which are a great fine-motor form of occupational therapy as well as an emotional/creative outlet, or fly-casting instruction and guided outings which are great gross-motor therapy. While I can not claim to be an expert on the psychological demons our veterans face, I can certainly attest to the therapeutic value of a day spent in God’s Office.
Tomorrow I will be participating in the Smoky Mountain Grand-Slam Challenge. This event included a fundraising banquet this evening with a silent auction among other activities. The main event however is a fishing tournament on the Clinch River.
I am one of 10 guides/boats participating. Each boat will have one guide, one sponsor, and one disabled veteran. We are floating a section of the Clinch that has produced the TN State Record Brown Trout – a 28lb 12oz monster in 1988. While I, and every guide involved wants to be the winning boat, we know that we are small part in something much bigger than just catching fish. I attempted to capture this feeling in my bio blurb:
“I would not have the freedom to pursue all of my vocations and passions if not for those who have given so much for us all. “Sacrificing” a Saturday doesn’t begin to repay the debt.”
The other guides deserve a shout, you can Click Here to read the Guide Bio Page.
ESPN did this beautiful piece on Project Healing Waters. It can give you a sense of the organization and how it helps veterans much better than my simple words.
Good Luck Tomorrow Everyone.