Minnesota mother expands 'Hunt of a Lifetime' foundation in honor of her son

February 17, 2019 05:56 PM

One foundation is giving kids and young adults diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses a chance to explore the outdoors.

Hunt of a Lifetime started in Pennsylvania, but the foundation is now growing in Minnesota thanks to one mother.


Hunt of a Lifetime helped Renee Walden's son go on a hunt in Colorado when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2006. Ryan passed away four years later, and that's when Renee says she knew she wanted to get involved.

"I need to get people aware of who we are, what we do and to give these kids something to look forward to other than doctor appointments, and hospital visits, and chemo and needles. It just gives them something to look forward to," said Renee Walden.

Walden is now the Minnesota ambassador for Hunt of a Lifetime. The non-profit makes sure kids, like her son, are able to go on a dream trip as they fight for their lives. Since the start of the foundation, Walden says there have been more than 1,000 hunts and fishing trips. The cost for one of them is about $10,000.

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"I mean not one penny comes out of these families pockets because when they are going through something so awful like that money is a little tight. I had to quit my job to take care of my son, and it's just something that isn't feasible," said Walden.

There will be a banquet on Saturday, February 23 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan. Walden says the goal is to raise money for at least two children in Minnesota so they can go on hunts.

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