15-Year-old Joey Dauer from Redford Twp MI suffers from
Hydrocephalus caused by an Arachnoid Cyst. Joey has had 70+
brain surgeries and currently has a VP Shunt, which must be
corrected and changed on a regular basis. Despite all this
Joey is a very active young man participating in Special
Olympics in snowboard competitions and enjoying life to the
fullest! We first met Joey's parents at Outdoorrama in 2007
and when his parents went home and told Joey about our
program, he immediately said he wanted a buffalo head to
hang over his bed to wake up to every day!
stayed at Superior Game with Jeff Debacker and his family.
When the family got back I don’t think you could have found
a more thankful and happy family! Joey and his family
traveled from their home in SE MI to Edgetts Lodge
www.edgettslodge.com in which they spent three wonderful
days enjoying the beauty that surrounds Edgetts Lodge.
Edgetts Lodge is just south of Cadillac, MI in northern
Lower Michigan. The combination of snow and sunshine gave
them piece and relaxation prior to their exciting and heart
warming adventure that awaited them at Superior Game Ranch!
As Joey's mom puts it, "He loved the lodge, and it's
peacefulness. I'm glad we did that before the hunt, it gave
him a chance to "lay back" as he put it and get ready for
Although hard to leave Edgetts Lodge, Joey was excited to
finally be heading further north in his quest for that
buffalo he has always pictured hanging in the house! As they
drove north, the snow depths got deeper and the excitement
built. Joey has never seen so much snow and this was just
more of an excitement level for him as he loves to snowboard
When they arrived at Superior Game Ranch
www.superiorgameranch.com they were met at the door with
open arms by Jeff and Reba Debacker, owners of Superior.
Jeff and Reba are no strangers to Benefit4Kids and have
worked with us in past helping us bring the smiles and
memories to these kids faces! Jeff and Reba have once again
stepped up and helped us out by donating part of this hunt
to help Joey see his dream come true!
The day after arriving, they headed out after a warm
breakfast in search for Joey's Buffalo. They finally came up
to the edge of an opening and saw a group of buffalo. Joey
took aim and when the monster he had his sights on, gave him
a clear shot, he took it and within 40 yards, the buffalo
was down! The family tells me there were a few tense moments
after that as the group of buffalo that remained in the
field began to head for Joey and Jeff but lucky they moved
off and Joey was able to finally walk up and put his hands
on his lifetime trophy
Benefit4Kids would like to send a out a special Thank You
to Mark Slavsky at Edgetts Lodge for his donation and
support in helping Benefit4Kids make Joey's trip that much
more rewarding for not only Joey, but the entire family as
well! Please visit www.edgettslodge.com for more information
and contact information if you
would like to spend some time at
this beautiful cabin as well.
We would also like to send out a special thank you to Jeff
and Reba Debacker of Superior Game Ranch once again for
stepping up and once again helping us make the life of a
child that much brighter! If your interested in an exotic,
Elk, Hog, Buffalo, or bird hunt, contact Superior Game Ranch
www.superiorgameranch.com in Michigan's Upper Peninsula for
a hunt I promise you won't be disappointed about, and tell
them Benefit4Kids sent you!
We would also like to thank Jim Shugar of Shugar Taxidermy
in Indian River Michigan for helping us out and driving up
to Superior Game Ranch to pick up this trophy. Shugar
Taxidermy in conjunction with Hills Trophies Unlimited
www.hillstrophiesunlimited.com are Benefit4Kids official
taxidermist and do a great job on every kids mount to
preserve that memory to last a lifetime, as they will do
with Joey's Buffalo!