Pretty good morning at the “office,” watching 14-year-old Nicholas Santonastasso shoot the biggest buck he’s ever seen. His father, Michael, got so emotional I was almost afraid he was going to hurt Nicholas with a massive bear hug. Nicholas Santonastasso, Bayville, NJ, shot this buck Friday morning near Larned. He was part of a special Life Hunt for kids with life-threatening illnesses or severe disabilities. Nicholas was born without legs. He has one arm with one finger.
The Bayville, NJ teen is one of two kids in Larned this weekend as part of a Life Hunt for kids with severe disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.
This is the 10th annual Life Hunt and the goal is always to get kids trophy bucks. Most succeed thanks to the dedication of local sportsmen.
The community raises enough money to cover all expenses for the visiting youth, including taxidermy.
It was an amazing thing to see the smile on the faces of father and son when something once beyond their dreams was accomplished.
And I was paid to be there as a writer/photographer even though I’d volunteered to help for free.
Check Sunday’s Wichita Eagle for the story and photos.
Gotta run, I’m “working” with the other kid this afternoon.