Quadriplegic woman who seeks hunting licence among those being helped by Sask. group
Kaitlyn Hoar is fulfilling her dreams thanks to the Being Astonished! program in Regina
By Rachel Zelniker, CBC News <http://www.cbc.ca/news/cbc-news-online-news-staff-list-1.1294364> Posted: Feb 14, 2017 5:00 AM CT Last Updated: Feb 14, 2017 9:23 AM CT
Kaitlyn Hoar, a Saskatchewan woman with physical disabilities, has dreams like anyone else — and one of them includes hunting.
She wants get a restricted hunting licence, which might seem ambitious, considering she has cerebral palsy and is a quadriplegic.
However, thanks to a Regina charitable organization called Being Astonished!, she’s well on her way to achieving that goal.
“[Her family] got her into doing that,” said Hoar’s mother, Wendy, who’s one of the program’s founders.
“They’ll put the headphones on her, bring her the shotgun, she’ll look towards them when she wants the skeet pulled, and then they will help her pull the trigger.”
It demonstrates there’s no reason Kaitlyn can’t follow her dreams, Wendy said.
“She’s non-verbal, but she … functions mentally very, very well,” said Wendy.
‘This was my dream’
There are currently four other people enrolled in the program, including Kennen Dorgen, whose current goal is one of her most ambitious yet.
“Kennen was born 10 weeks premature with cerebral palsy. She’s technically classified as a quad… and pretty well all her muscles are affected,” said Kennen’s mother Heather Dorgen
She is non-verbal, but “very smart, and very persistent,” Heather added.