June 01, 2017 11:45 AM
Captain Chris of Impulse Outdoors has taken plenty of anglers on his fair share of fishing charters, but nothing quite compared to one guest he had this Memorial Day Weekend. His guest was 10-year-old Dexter Ojeda, who was his co-captain for the day, and their bond was instant.
Captain Chris ran about nine miles out from the harbor, but he was fearful that the rainy weather would put a damper on catching fish.
"Our weather was less than ideal right when we left. It started to rain and I sent some texts out to the the other captains and the fishing was slow where they were at," said Chris Larson.
Even without all the rods in the water, the fish were biting. Before they knew it, Dexter had caught his first fish on Lake Superior. For Dexter, that was something he had on his bucket list that he could officially cross off.
"I realized we live right next to a giant lake and I've never gone fishing it in. I love to fish so I was like why don't I just go fishing in it," said Ojeda.
It was a trip made possible in large part to Robert Jenko who knew the family through church.
"I just put it out there asking what does a half day trip cost," said Jenko."We were going to work on a fundraiser to raise money and do it, but then Chris responded back saying hey don't worry about it, we'll cover it," he added.
"We (he and his wife Amanda) were sitting there on Easter Sunday and I was looking at Facebook and Robert was looking to see how much a fishing trip would cost to take Dexter out fishing. I showed Amanda that right away, and we knew that we had to do this trip for him," said Larson.
The trip consisted of reeling in plenty of fish, surrounded by new friends and family, that provided an opportunity to push aside the heavy news the Ojeda family received in April, that Dexter's cancer had returned.
"I had to go through treatments, like five different ones, and they said I didn't have it anymore, so we all celebrated," said Ojeda."Almost a year later, almost to the day, they told me that my cancer came back and that they can't treat it at all."
Dexter learned what the word terminal meant when it comes to his type of cancer Neuroblastoma.
"We're thinking on the positive side," said Dexter's older brother Matt Ojeda. "Doing what we can while he's here."
Instead of dwelling on the news, the Ojeda family created a list of things that Dexter wants to do.
"My number one thing is to go to Chicago and see the bean. I always wanted to have a Star Wars battle in a crowded place, so that's what Matt and I would do," said Dexter.
With the imagination of a ten-year-old you can only imagine what the rest of his list entails, but it's a list meant for Dexter to have things to look forward to and continue making memories.
At the end of his trip on the water Captain Chris let Dexter drive the boat the last 15 miles of the trip. He also got to call the lift bridge and salute the bridge. Larson said the moment brought tears to his eyes.
"I think it was just great to get him out and his family," added Chris's wife Amanda."It's just a great thing to be out on the boat fishing. It's all about the memories and I think that we gave them some great memories that they're going to remember for a long time."
If you wish to donate and help Dexter accomplish more on his bucket list visit this website here.
Many community donations were made to make this trip possible. Russ and Corey Francisco from Marine General donated Dexter's equipment, Ed Forrestal and E&M donated tackle, Randy Hansen of Artistic Anglers will be mounting Dexter's laker, Val Ouellette cooked lunch for the group after the trip, and Bruce and Terry Larson helped with the boat during the trip. A huge thank you to everyone who made this trip possible.
Updated: June 01, 2017 11:45 AM
Created: May 30, 2017 10:59 PM
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