United Special Sportsman Alliance, Inc. (USSA) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit national wish granting charity that specializes in sending critically ill and disabled youth and disabled veterans on the outdoor adventure of their dreams! USSA adventures give our youth and veterans something to look forward to, and help sustain them in their time of need! Families are whisked away from the mundane, man-made world of hospitals, and high medical bills by giving them a place of peace to focus on the quality of life, family ties, and the wonders of our natural world! USSA is composed of a 100% volunteer staff from all walks of life, bonded together by a common love for our fellow mankind and a deep respect and appreciation of our world's natural resources. By working cooperatively with caring "Adventure" donors as well as generous individual and corporate sponsors, USSA has made a significant impact on the lives of thousands of children, disabled veterans and their families. The public's image of all sportsmen is enhanced, through this valuable community service and new lifelong friendships are made! To learn more about USSA read on.
Shaina Reed - USSA Youth Outdoor Leaders
My name is Shaina Reed. I am 16 years old. I'm a freshman at Cherokee High School in Rogersville, Tn. I live on a farm in Whitesburg, Tn. I have a cow and a calf. I want to learn how to ride a horse and wish to own one someday. I enjoy reading adventure books and going for walks. I am also a cancer survivor.
When I was 9 years old, I was playing basketball and cheerleading. At the time, I was experiencing leg pain on and off. My parents thought I pulled a muscle. They treated me with heat and ice and it seemed to help, but the pain would always come back.
Then one Saturday, I had a game and cheerleading afterwards. They decided to take me to the E.R. to get checked as a precaution. The doctors took X-rays and found a mass in the left femur. In December of 1999, I went to St. Jude Hospital in Memphis and was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. I was able to come home after 9 days at the hospital and my chemotherapy treatments started the day after Christmas.
In one year during treatments, I was hospitalized 20 times, had 30 blood and platelet transfusions, and had major surgery on my leg. The doctors removed about 75% of the bone in my leg and replaced it with prosthesis. I went from 77 pounds down to 55 pounds and lost all my hair. I thought losing my hair would bother me but it didn't. I didn't like wigs and sometimes wore hats. I thought no hair was cool.
Every time I grew, the doctors could lengthen the prosthesis without surgery. I had this done but had complications every time. I was the third person to receive this type of prosthesis in the country, and it was not approved through the FDA at the time. It was made in Paris.
Because no one had this before, the doctors did not know what to do for me. They ended up doing surgery and putting another one in since I was almost done growing. That was April of 2005. I had been in physical therapy for over five years. Every time I made progress and it was time to lengthen my prosthesis, I would be back in a wheelchair or on crutches.
I will go to camp Horizon this summer. It will be my sixth year attending. I can do almost anything I want to, and what I can't do, I enjoy watching. At camp, I make friends every year and remain in touch with some. Some day I would like to be a counselor at camp.
Since I've been sick, I've gotten involved in several activities and organizations. Although I cannot ride a bike, I still participate each year in the St. Jude bike-a-thon by riding a go-cart, dune buggy, or 4-wheeler. Each year, I am interviewed on the air of our local radio station WRGS for the St. Jude radio.
In the 5th grade, I did my science fair project on my cancer and won grand prize. Since then, I have used it to educate people at Relay for Life meetings and my physical therapist.
I am on the Relay for Life planning committee as Jr Co-chair for the second year. I also participate every year and I'm on the team of our local newspaper-Rogersville Review. I was interviewed by St. Jude and parts of my interview were selected to be used on the Country Cares CD that went out to 200 radio stations across the country to kick off the radiothons in 2005.
I also got over 50 people to sign up and donate blood at a safety meeting sponsored by Home Depot by sharing my story at a booth at the entrance at the store.
I have practically a normal life after cancer. I still don't have full use of my leg, but I don't let it stop me from doing things.
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2014 Summerfest Event – Resounding success!!
Many thanks to our Committee for their hard work and dedication. They did a great job of running the event and helping instill memories that will last a lifetime.
A very special thank you for the sponsors, donors, exhibitors, anglers, and Saddle Mound Cranberry Marsh who without their support this event would not be possible.
Our primary mission is to positively affect the recreational and commercial deer industry as well as our national hunting and fishing heritage. We believe solid scientific conservation principles must be applied in order to preserve our wildlife resource for the next generation. As past history has confirmed; a joint effort of both the recreational and commercial deer industries will provide the best solution for tomorrow's generation of hunters. In addition, hunting, fishing, and farming of all kinds have suffered unprecedented attacks from animal activism. We are committed to silencing the shrill, uninformed voice of the animal extremist who stands in the way of our vision. Bio-Tec's mission is to promote, unite and facilitate that vision to the best of our abilities and resources!
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USSA is a registered 501(c)(3) national organization; 100% volunteer based. Your "Donation" is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Whether you are a business, an organization, a foundation, a governmental agency, outfitter, landowner, or a private citizen looking to make a difference, USSA has an "option" to make your involvement simple AND rewarding!
Our Sponsor's dollars help USSA meet its numerous operational expenses in addition to playing a greater role in large scale group events. Sponsorship dollars also subsidize travel expenses for our "recipients" to and from the field, license fees, taxidermy expense, and game processing.
II. Donors and Partners
USSA Donors are the "field generals" of our charity. These are the people and operations that are on the front lines, donating hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, and water sports adventures to our nations less fortunate sportsmen and women. Our donors are a diverse group. They are our country's land owner's outfitters, preserve owners, fishing lodge owners, boat owners and campground owners to name a few examples. Without their generosity and compassion, USSA would be just another charity. If you have any "outdoor type" service you would like to offer please let us know. If you have any unique outdoor experience you would like to offer, please let us know, and we will post your special opportunity under one of our homepage adventure buttons called "Other Activities". We will then help coordinate the wish for you and your recipient.
Our USSA Partners are organizations and operations that share a common cause and philosophy about human dignity, conservation, and outdoor sports. Partners can contribute valuable services, like media and communications or intangibles like providing a united solid front on key conservation, education and sportsmanship issues. If you would like to become a partner and be listed on our web site, please contact us at: "Contact USSA"
Partner, Donor, Sponsor and Member support is essential to promoting a new era of outdoor sports for the 21st century. A united voice with ALL concerned operations and organizations is crucial to see the mission to a successful end.
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