Patients at Dell Children’s go fishing, many for the first time

Patients at Dell Children's Medical Center go fishing (KXAN Photo)
Patients at Dell Children's Medical Center go fishing (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Patients at Dell Children’s Medical Center got to do something Friday many had never done before. They went fishing.

“They learn how to hook it, how to throw the line out there, how to catch it and real it in. It’s a new skill they can get excited and enthusiastic about,” a hospital spokesperson said.

This fishing event is a big deal for kids who’ve been cooped up in hospitals for weeks, or even months at a time.

For eight years now, Chris Roberts and Cody Ryan Greaney have been bringing the great outdoors to these brave children.

“When he and I go fishing, we don’t think about anything else, only thinking about fishing. [It’s a] complete getaway, complete stress relief and you don’t have to think about anything. So we wanted to bring that to the kids at the hospital and give them an opportunity to get out of their room,” he said.

It really takes a village to put the event together. Larry’s fish farm in Giddings provides the channel catfish.

Cabelas, the Fraternal Order of Police, Austin Canoe and Kayak and Kids Outdoor Zone work together to make it happen.

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