Finding Hope in Family and Fishing


By WSIL Sports

REND LAKE -- Megan Barr is a wife and mother of two, and at 31 years old, lives every day with a Stage IV colon cancer diagnosis.  She chooses not to think about the life expectancy and timelines doctors have given her but instead relish in the moments and memories made with her family.

Barr, her husband, Cory, and two kids, Logan and Kaitlyn, were one of fifteen families invited to Rend Lake Resort as part of a three-day event sponsored by the United Special Sportsman Alliance (USSA).  The non-profit program invites critically ill or disable children, adults of all ages, and Veterans to participate in the outdoor adventure of their dreams at no cost.

Rend Lake donated rooms and their facilities and volunteer anglers from all over the Midwest offered up their time and boats.  For Barr, it meant a day of fishing with her husband, while the kids enjoyed swimming and other water sports.  Barr says she completely forgot about the cancer when on the lake and was able to relax and just be at peace.  It was the first time her family has been able to take a vacation away from home.  


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