Cancer patient has hunt trip wish granted

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, January 9, 2007

MONTICELLO – Logan Emmons held the center of attention as herecalled experiences from the morning hunt with his new friendsSaturday in the Georgia-Pacific Monticello mill pavilion.

While the day’s hunt had not yielded a deer, the Bogalusa, La.,12-year-old boy’s spirits remained high.

“We’re doing great. We had a good hunt the first day,” saidEmmons, recalling an approximately 110-lb. doe he shot onThursday.

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Emmons, along with his parents Dale and Amy and his olderbrother Christopher, have been in Monticello since Thursdayparticipating in the fifth annual Catch-A-Dream hunt.

“He’s had a lot of fun,” said Amy Emmons. “And he’s gotten toeat all of his favorite foods.”

Logan described activities during his adventure with two words:”Hunt and eat.” When not in the woods, the boy was enjoying pizza,fish, shrimp and many of his other favorites.

Logan was also well-equipped for his hunting time thanks to newclothes given to him by the Catch-A-Dream Foundation, which grantsoutdoors-related wishes to children with life-threateningillnesses. Among the new items in his wardrobe were camouflagedshirts, pants, and “pretty much anything I could think of,” the boysaid.

Logan was chosen as this year’s participant after beingdiagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer that attacks the body’slymph nodes or tissues. He goes to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Centerin Houston every week, said Johnnie Carlisle, public affairsdirector for the G-P mill.

While in Monticello, the Emmons family stayed at the mill’sguest lodge. That was another highlight for Logan, who saidLawrence County offered the chance to see more deer than in hisnative Louisiana.

“I got to come here, hunt, and it’s good land,” Logan said.

For Carlisle, who is retiring after more than 30 years with themill, the Catch-A-Dream hunt has been a recent yearly highlight.She has enjoyed meeting each of the young hunters and theirfamilies while helping to coordinate the events.

“It’s really a blessing while you’re doing it,” Carlislesaid.

Catch-A-Dream was conceived by the late Bruce Brady, ofBrookhaven. An avid outdoorsman, Brady also was a noted writer andsculptor.

Recalling Brady’s words, Catch-A-Dream Director Dr. MartyBrunson said the hunt was not as much about shooting a deer as itwas about being outdoors, fellowshipping with friends and enjoyingGod’s creation. He expressed appreciation to all who had helped tomake the fifth Catch-A-Dream another good event.

“Every one is different, but each year is an outstandingexperience,” Brunson said. “This one is no exception.”

Following the Saturday afternoon luncheon, Logan and the “dogs”- human G-P employees who volunteer to help flush out deer -returned to the wood in hopes of getting an elusive buck. Logan gotanother doe, but no buck, Carlisle said.

“We didn’t get any horns, but he got a deer on Thursday and adeer on Saturday,” she said. “He’s happy.”