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Jun 10, 2013 2:00 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Children Battling Cancer Catch Fish All Morning

ARANSAS PASS - Monday marked the day for the 21st annual "Chemo Kids Fish-Off" in Aransas Pass. Where dozens of Driscoll Children's Hospital patients got to cast a line of their own.

It all started at Hampton's Landing where Junior Salinas, 8 and Andrew Banda, 9 boarded the boat.

Both boys get chemothearpy treatments regularly but today it was all about the trout instead. Junior, who is recovering from leukemia for two years now was ready to go.

"Could we catch a fish already," Junior said.

Before we made it to what the captain called the "Special spot" there's was just one more unanswered question for the two little fishermen about their strategy.

"To catch a fish," Junior said.

That simple strategy worked out great, with a little muscle and live bait, the boys started reeling them in.

Andrew made the first catch of the day. He's in the beginning stages of leukemia. He says being out on a boat fishing is very different from his daily routine.

"Everyday, I watch T.V. and eat very little," Andrew said.

"I think it's the one day the really really enjoy. I've actually visited with the hospital a couple times and they always look forward to it, so this is the one time a year they don't have to worry about being in the hospital," Captain Mark Lions said.

Cpt. Lions heads the "chemo Kids Fish-Off" every year and says its special to all the volunteers from Coastal Bend Guides Association and to the children undergoing chemotherapy. He says there were no limits today, just loads of fish.

Trophies were awarded to the kids for biggest catch and most catches of the day.


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