It’s scary. Being diagnosed with cancer is a set back. It shakes you up and gives you introspection that can result in a new purpose in life. That is especially true if you are a survivor. Brian Barton is a survivor.
“Fortunately, my cancer was diagnosed early and removed before invading the lymph nodes in my neck,” proclaimed Barton. “In the weeks following my surgery, I began to realize how truly blessed I was, but I also became keenly aware that there are so many others who are not as fortunate in their battles with chronic illnesses.”
Barton’s 2013 experience with cancer led him to begin a nonprofit charitable organization called Cat-Fishing for Christ. Cat fishing is right down Barton’s alley. He is a catfish guide on Pickwick and Wilson Lakes in Alabama and knows the joy of putting clients on big catfish and he wants to spread that joy to another class of anglers.
“As far as the C.F.C. program, my goal is to provide someone who may have a short time to live or a very seriously ill individual, with a relaxing day of fishing and fun to forget their problems, if for only a short while,” explained Barton.
Barton relates his motives to one of his favorite movie lines. “It was Bill Murray in ‘What about Bob’ that said, ‘I’m taking a vacation, a vacation from my problems.’” Barton wants to supply such a vacation to cancer victims.
“My plans are to start out taking one participant a month,” Barton clarified. Participants will fish with me in my boat and I will cover fuel costs to travel and all fishing expenses. The intent is to provide participants, suffering from serious or life-threatening illnesses, with a fun and refreshing fishing trip. If the demand grows I will try to start doing more trips. I have no intention at this time of acquiring other boat captains to participate.”
Barton is seeking assistance from sponsors to help cover motel expenses when they are required, meals and some takeaways for the anglers including T-shirts and an inscribed bible. Cat-Fishing for Christ is not intended to be some large corporate event, just a simple outing with client and captain to enjoy God’s great outdoors.
Prospective sponsors and participants can contact Barton through his website at www.brianbartonoutdoors.com. Click on “Cat-Fishing for Christ” on the home page to read more about the program, including participant requirements.
If you or someone you know meet the program requirements and could benefit from a day out-of-doors away from the worries of the world, contact Barton. Likewise, if you or someone you know would like to be part of the program through a sponsorship contact Barton for details.