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Volunteers with fishing boats are needed to help kids catch a break from hospital treatments

About 180 children receiving outpatient treatment for life-threatening or chronic illnesses at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center are expected to attend Camp Cavett at Lake Texoma.
by Bryan Painter Published: July 9, 2013

Volunteers who can provide boats are needed for two days of fishing at Lake Texoma for children who have life-threatening or chronic illnesses.

About 180 children are expected to attend Camp Cavett, which includes Striper Day on Thursday and the fish-for-anything derby Saturday.

The camp needs about 45 striper boats Thursday and 80-plus bass boats Saturday, said Gene Gilliland, of the North Oklahoma City Bassmasters Club.

As of last week, organizers had only about 25 boats total for the two fishing days, Gilliland said. Volunteers are asked to register in advance, he said.

Danny Cavett, chaplain at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, is the man for whom the Cavett Kids Foundation based at OU Medical Center is named. The foundation's mission is to provide five camps, including Camp Cavett, and other events and programs for outpatient children from The Children's Hospital who have life-threatening and chronic illnesses.

“It's important for the kids because even if they don't catch a fish, they get two chances, Thursday and Saturday, to see fish being caught,” Cavett said. “They get to see kids having a success that they don't usually get.”

At the camp, a boat usually carries a boat captain, camp counselor and one to four children, depending on boat capacity, Gilliland said.

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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