The Hunt of a Lifetime with Elliot Who Has Cerebral Palsy

October 31, 2011

Elliott: Triple-Play Plus Fishing

It’s been about one month since the Hunt of a Lifetime and Elliot is still excited.

“I was just talking to my buddy, William. He was excited to hear about it. He is spreading the word, too, about this,” Elliot says, sitting in the living room with his mother on this day when school is off for teacher meetings. “I will be 13 in January. I am a sixth grader and proud of it, too.”

Elliot also is proud to recite the names of the volunteers who helped him prepare and enjoy the hunt event. “It was a big deal for me and it was exciting.”

As part of the process to prepare for his first hunt, Elliot registered for a local hunter safety course. “I enjoyed every minute of it and every minute of every day leading up to the Hunt of a Lifetime.”

While Elliot is a skilled conversationalist with an optimistic view on life, he did admit his usual flowing commentary stopped when he arrived at the Rands’ impressive cabin that was his to call home for three days.

“I was speechless for 10 minutes,” Elliot says. His mother and DNR Conservation Warden Jeremy Peery, are quick to challenge the time without an Elliot commentary, and he relents but emphasizes how impressed he was to find the cabin “completely accessible” and so easy for him to maneuver.

He didn’t waste much time settling in and headed for target practice with the new sip and puff firearm. “I nailed it,” he says of the target.

He also nailed a 10-point buck hours later — with about two minutes left of the legal hunting day. A photo of the deer, and Elliot with his father and grandfather, is one of his prize possessions from the event.

The deer head is being mounted, Elliot says. But it won’t be going in the family’s living room to join the other deer mounts from his father. Why? “Because it’s bigger than his,” Elliot says with a big smile. “So it’s going in my bedroom.”

The harvested buck was just the first day and hours after his arrival.

Up by 6 a.m. the next day and after a quick call to his mom, Elliot and company were out the door on a bear hunt with Peery, Rands and a group of volunteer hunters with their hounds. That outing ended with Elliot harvesting a 150-pound bear which is on its way to becoming a bear rug.

Back to the cabin for food and it was back to the woods when Elliot got a doe.

“They called it a triple-play,” he says of his three successful hunts in about 24 hours. “The other kid, Ryan, did it, too.”

Two children are selected to participate in each Hunt of a Lifetime. Ryan, a boy from Cumberland, was Elliot’s hunting partner for this event.

The animals harvested by Elliot are off to processing and will return to Elliot’s home for a lot of dinners and lunches.

An evening banquet on the last night at the cabin was attended by the families, volunteers and even some youths who hunted in past events. “It was a good old time and I had a blast.”

How did Elliot celebrate? Fishing the next day before coming home.

Elliot and his mother, Amanda, have no hesitation in urging other kids to get in on the event.

“Most people will describe me as a nice person – and that I’m in a wheelchair. Not all CP people are in a wheelchair,” Elliot says, adding that didn’t stop him from going on a Hunt of a Lifetime.

He would enjoy more hunting, but “the equipment is expensive and we can’t afford it.”

Elliot stops and looks toward his mother and says he wasn’t insulting her. She smiles and says she understands. For Amanda, who grew up in a hunting family, she had no fears encouraging Elliot to participate in a hunting event. The emphasis was on safety and the boys always had skilled volunteers – like Warden Peery – by their sides.

For Amanda, it was Elliot’s chance to be with a lot of good people and make new friends that sold her.

“The hunt itself is great. But being able to meet other people, having Elliot meet people and make friends – and knowing there was another boy in a wheelchair who would be there – that’s what makes a big difference,” Amanda Ewer says. “Rusk County isn’t big. But it’s amazing how many people put so much into this – and to be able to meet those great people.

“This was a big deal – being able to make friends,” she says. “And, yes, we can’t afford the equipment to allow Elliot to have such an awesome experience.”
Elliot says he hopes other kids like him would go.

“If you get a chance, go on this hunt. They make is accessible for you. They make it as fun as possible. I didn’t feel any fear of anything,” Elliot says, adding he’d tell that to any other child in the same health situation as his. “I think it, the Hunt of a Lifetime, would help them feel more confident and, yes, raise their self-esteem. I am ready to take on just about anything.”

Besides all the fun, what did he learn specifically from the host – Bill Rands?

“He told me: ‘Keep your head up and keep smiling.’ And that’s what I do every day. I’ve been like that my whole life.”

– Joanne M. Haas, Bureau of Law Enforcement, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

For more information on this opportunity:

Joanne M. Haas
Bureau of Law Enforcement
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
RE: Hunt of a Lifetime
101 S. Webster
P.O. Box 7921
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7921

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Home Care Option in North Carolina

October 28, 2011

HomeChoice Healthcare, North Carolina

HomeChoice Healthcare, with five offices in North Carolina, has a desire and dedication to share what services are available for our clients in need of assistance with activities of daily living or personal care services.

We recognize the need for individuals to maintain their independence and quality of life by remaining in their homes for as long as possible.

We work with both children and adults and many qualify for our services with no out-of-pocket expenses.

HomeChoice is committed to providing the highest level of quality care and customer service to the community for one basic reason…Because we care!

Our administrative staff collectively has over 75 years experience in the medical profession.

During the initial evaluation, a specialized plan of care is designed to meet client needs. We provide one-on-one assistance.

HomeCare Healthcare currently has five offices, covering 12 counties, in southeastern North Carolina – Dunn, Fuquay Varina, Southern Pines, Raleigh and Wake Forest

Visit us online:
HomeChoice Healthcare

HomeChoice Healthcare
715 North Main Street
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

For more information, contact Lyn Brandenburg, Home Care Coordinator (919)369-6896

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A Day in My Life…

October 28, 2011

A Day in My Life…The week day begins at 6:30 a.m. even though my alarm starts ringing at 6. I wake up looking at beautiful Lake Michigan from the 40th floor of my Chicago hi-rise condo. My day officially starts by watching a 15 minute subliminal video on health and wealth. Then I do the normal shower, shave and dress for work. Luckily most days are casual, so jeans and t-shirts rule.

Next is my morning commute from the city to the suburbs, Oak Brook, Illinois to be exact. What should take about 25 minutes is always an hour or more due to crazy Chicago traffic. I am an information junkie so I have CD’s that range from sales success to life success, always trying to make the best use of my time.

When I get to work, it is a day filled with sales calls, contract negotiation, looking for new clients, staff meetings, etc.

I usually take a break for lunch and grab a quick bite with my girlfriend.

After work consists of many different things from working out – which I have to get serious about – to movies, dinners, concerts, sporting events and festivals, to name a few.

Most evenings I get home between 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. I try to read for at least one-half hour before I hit the pillow and before – you know it! – I hear that all too familiar beeping that signals it’s time to get up and do it all over again.

…a day in my life.

Oh, by the way, I have cerebral palsy. It doesn’t define me.



Albert Ramirez, 50, sales manager, is one of the 100 chosen by Jack Canfield, originator of Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) series, to participate in The Success Principles : How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.

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Dribble Bibble: Bibs for Drooling

October 21, 2011

Calling All Parents and Caretakers!

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Dribble Bibble is Three Bibs in One!

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Dribble Bibble is great for traveling. Caretakers have the freedom to relax. Less bodily contact with drool enhances skin health. It is the best investment a parent can make for their little one who drools.

Hi, My Name is Deborah Rothschild

My name is Deborah Rothschild, inventor of Dribble Bibble bibs. I’m a speech therapist who created this product out of pure necessity for my own son. Like many babies, my son constantly drooled during the teething stages. Like many parents, I was changing bibs all day long. His clothes were often drenched. I yearned for that perfect bib.

One day I was giving my son a bath and my outfit became wet from his splashes, but within minutes it dried. I recall thinking, “Wow, this material would make a great fabric for a bib.” That’s when I went searching online and in the New York garment district for answers.

I found the fabric, my mother made a prototype, and we tested it on my son. It was a success! I could finally leave one bib on all day and his clothing stayed dry.

Working in the field of speech language pathology, I quickly realized the benefits this bib would have for those caring for a child with special needs.

For more information on Dribble Bibble visit

Deborah Rothschild
DVR Enterprises

If you are an adult in need of drool or dribble control, contact Deborah Rothschild to discuss custom design solutions.

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