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Fishing gives citizen a Second Wind

Staff Reports • Updated Sep 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Going out to fish on Center Hill Lake may seem routine to an avid fisherman living near some of the best fishing holes in the state, but to Gary Hall it was his Second Wind Dream. 

Hall loved to fish as a young boy while growing up in Harriman, a small city near Knoxville. Hall served his country in the Navy and also served as a judicial commissioner in Wilson County for several years.  

Through all of this, his passion for fishing never faded. Now 71 and unable to go to fishing whenever the fish are calling, Hall lives at Elmcroft Senior Living.  

When Elmcroft team member Amy Barringer heard of Hall’s dream to go fishing once again, she got busy to help his dream come true with help from the Second Wind Dream organization.   

Second Wind Dream organizes and motives elder care communities to find out what their residents dream about and using their local communities as a resource, sets out to fulfill each dream.

From dinner at a local favorite restaurant to a visit with a long lost friend, each dream gives all involved a second wind.

Barringer requested some assistance from the Retreat at Center Hill Lake to help make the wish come true. The staff was happy to come on board and do whatever it took to make Hall’s dream come true. 

The Retreat maintenance team assembled a ramp that would allow Hall to easily board the boat for his day on the water after they learned Hall was not able to walk and needed a wheelchair.  

With a boat donated by Jbeez Watercraft and a crew from the Retreat at Center Hill Lake, Hall’s fishing adventure got underway. Hall’s daughter, Ashli, also joined the adventure.

The team fished all morning and proudly caught enough fish to make some great memories. Success stories and times of the past were told over a lunch at the retreat center, before Hall boarded the bus back to his community. 

When asked about his adventure, Hall said, “It was just wonderful.” 

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