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Review for The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Renton, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

CAST for kids makes a difference! Parents have the opportunity to take their kids with disabilities fishing when otherwise it would be very challenging. Cast makes it easy and fun and for a while that child doesn't have a disability. It's a freeing experience for most of the children and their parents. There is a smile on every single person's face at the CAST for Kids events. That's what it is about... smiling and having fun!

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Renton, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a part of The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation for roughly 12 years. C.A.S.T. aims to help children with disabilities be able to go out on the lake for a day and go fishing. My father, Jim Behnken, started as just a volunteer when I was a young child and eventually started organizing an event each year himself. I have been completely honored and humbled by the ability to be a small part of such a wonderful organization. I have watched the faces of young and old change from stressed and overwhelmed to completely blissful. I cannot fully describe the look on not only the child's face, but the parents, the helpers and the volunteers as they watch a child who, in some cases, can barely function be able to catch a fish. There are no words that can honestly match that experience. It seems such a small thing, just to go out and help some kids catch some fish, but what you don't realize is how far that small act can affect a child and his/her family. For example, one of my favorite moments was watching a young boy bound to his wheelchair catch his very first fish, ever! I think I could see every single one of his teeth and his whole body rocked with pure excitement. His mom had tears in her eyes and all the challenges that accompany raising a young boy in a wheelchair dissipated. That one day on the lake changes lives. It changes the lives of the children, the volunteers, and the parents of those children. That one day reminds us all how precious life is even on our most difficult days. I've watched my dad over the years find his true passion in this organization and put his every effort into helping these children. I am proud to be a volunteer for this foundation and I am elated to be able to let others know how much C.A.S.T. has changed my life too. On my very worst days I can think of the smiles that I, in a small way, helped put on that family's face out on the lake that day.

Role:  Volunteer