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Hunt of a Lifetime

Hunt of a Lifetime is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling hunting and fishing related wishes of children 21 and under, with life-threatening illnesses.[1][2]


In 1998, Hunt of a Lifetime founder Tina Pattison decided to grant the wish of her stepson, Matt, diagnosed with lymphoma, and began to raise money for a moose-hunting trip. Matt was 19 and too old to qualify for help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. However, Pattison sent him on the trip after raising funds from hunters and hunting-supply companies in the US and Canada.[3][4][5]

In 1999, Matt died of lymphoma. In that same year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, responding to criticisms from animal rights groups and concerns over child safety, ceased granting hunting-related wishes. Cash donations collected at Matt's funeral were used to start the foundation.[6]


  1. ^ Robert Ito. "When a dying kid's wish is to kill". Salon. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Field & Stream". Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  3. ^ P.j. Reilly (24 June 2004). "Hunt of a Lifetime is hunt of lifetime". LancasterOnline. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  4. ^ Make-A-Wish Foundation Refuses Request. ABC News. 15 December. Retrieved 2016-4-24
  5. ^ "On the Hunt of a Lifetime". Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Herald-Journal - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 26 April 2016.

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