It was an experience I will never forget!

Last November I had the opportunity of a lifetime to go elk hunting with the Creating Memories organization. The organization put me up in a house with very friendly people so that I would be very comfortable and have a place to charge my wheelchair. The countryside we hunted was full of rolling hills and we spotted almost 200 elk on our trip along with many deer and turkey. Though I did not get my elk, it was one of the most satisfying trips I’ve ever been on because of the wonderful people I was with. I’ve been hunting since I was 12 years old and I am now 27 and this was the first trip I’ve ever been on that was specifically designed for people with disabilities. It was an experience I will never forget and created more memories than I could have ever asked for. Since that trip, I’ve become involved with the Creating Memories for Disabled Children organization and it has brought me so much joy in my life. Just the thought of being able to help children with disabilities going through what I have already gone through and making it easier on them than it was on me makes my life worth living and I have Creating Memories for Disabled Children to thank for that. I can never repay Creating Memories for what it has given me in life, for the opportunities, for the joy, and for the lifelong dream that has been realized by allowing me to share my knowledge of fishing, hunting, and life with others. but I will spend the rest of my life diverting most of my time and energy to Creating Memories for Disabled Children and helping those who need it most to create memories that will last forever and hopefully change lives for the better.

Enoch Stalcup

An opportunity to do outdoor activities in a safe and secure setting

Last summer Ken took our residents from the local residential treatment home on a day excursion At Wallowa lake in his boat. The residents had a great time and we’re very thankful for the opportunity. Ken has explained to me that starting this summer they will have access to the Boy Scout camp at the head of Wallowa Lake. This will be very beneficial to the group of people that I work with because it will provide them with an opportunity to do outdoor activities in a safe and secure setting. Safe outdoor activities are very hard to come by in this rural setting. I support Ken from Creating Memories in his endeavor to make activities more readily available to adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

Hannah Hillock
AdministratorJoseph House

The boat they use to take handicapped children is remarkably inventive

I have had the opportunity to participate in several activities that have been funded by Creating Memories for Disabled Children. Without the assistance from various members within the organization I would not have been able to kill two Elk that I have harvested over the last two years. I have also gotten the opportunity to see my sister Ashley, a quadriplegic, go on both a deer and turkey hunts. The boat they use to take handicapped children is remarkably inventive and will provide a lot of joy to young fishers this summer. Creating Memories for Disabled Children is full of kind hard-working individuals and it is my strong view that the work they strive effortlessly to do be continued.

Travis A. Jensen
Travis is 19 and has cerebral palsy and walks with a walker. He is currently enrolled at the University of Oregon taking courses in view of becoming an English Teacher

Creating Memories should continue because it will help people learn to appreciate nature and learn more about themselves.

Hello, my name is Kyle Rothenberger. I enjoy hunting and I got to go on an incredible Creating Memories hunting trip with my best friend Travis. The views were amazing and I got to see 500 elk before the trip was over. The program was quite beneficial as I learned how to help other people hunt elk. Creating Memories should continue because it will help people learn to appreciate nature and learn more about themselves. I look forward to participating in activities driven by Creating Memories for Disabled Children in coming years.

Kyle Rothenberger

I have had the opportunity to see firsthand the joy that Creating Memories brings

As a caregiver of people with many different disabilities, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand the joy that Creating Memories brings to so many different individuals of many different ages and handicaps! Just to see the smiles and joy it brings to these people and hearing their stories is worth indescribable joy to my heart! I hope that with the support and help of so manydifferent individuals making this possible, that this program can continue to grow and create many more memories for an unlimited amount of people! A big thank you to every person and company that has made this possible as I look forward to being a part of many more memories it creates! May God bless this program and every single person involved!

Michelle DeVore
Alpine House Assisted Living

I think Creating Memories is a great program!

I think Creating Memories is a great program! It has made it possible for people in wheelchairs to be able to go fishing and hunting. If they have never been able to do these things before, this program makes it possible. I know Gary and myself really love this program and I want other disabled people to have the chance to enjoy these things also!

Michael Williams

This program has made it possible for me to do the things I love

I really enjoy the program Creating Memories that Ken and others have provided! They take myself and other handicap people out on the boat fishing. This program has made it possible for me to do the things I love and also gives me the chance I need to get out and cut the boredom. This is a good program and I hope it will stay around!

Gary Cummins