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    I can see past all the complaining of overcrowding, limited access, tough conditions, lack of permit drawing success, etc., and realize how lucky we are in Alaska to have the opportunities and the experiences that we can have every year hunting in this great state. You never truely realize how good things are until you see somebody that has an absolute passion for it be limited by health and disease. A person that I really admire and have enjoyed being in the field with has become very ill and has a very long, uphill battle to get better. He is a large forum contributor here and has helped countless people over the years not only on this forum, but in the field both training and rescuing.

    I know him as Pat, but most of you know him as AK Nimrod. He has been having health issues as of late, and recently was sent home on medivac from the slope with a collapsed lung. Since then they have found a tumor on his heart, spots on his lungs and he has developed a rare form of cancer called sarcoma. He is scheduled to head to the mayo clinic in Minn. to see a specialist and get a professional opinion on his condition.

    Appreciate what you have, enjoy your time afield, and when you get the opportunity, say a prayer for those who have fallen ill, injured and lose the ability to do what we do. This probably belongs more in the global discussion, but I know several people do not frequent that site and would not see this over there, so I posted here. If the mods see fit to move it, go ahead.

    If any of you know Pat or want to keep appraised of his condition, his family has set up a website to keep everybody updated. The link is http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/PatrickMcCabe

    Get well my friend, the Ivishak will be calling you this August!

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    That certainly does put things into perspective.

    We will keep Pat in our thoughts and prayers.



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    Thanks for the heads up Jerod, he sure has contributed a lot to these hunting forums and I will certainly keep him in my prayers.

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    Very well said. I will shoot off a prayer for AK Nimrod...

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    Prayers have been said already. Thanks for letting us know. With all of the good will here I'm sure that he can get the help to beat this thing.
    Semper Fi and God Bless

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    Nice comments about your/our friend Jerod - thanks for letting us share in your concerns.
    I have many photo albums now of "missing" partners and it makes you realize ya just never know when your last trip will happen...
    Our prayers will be with Pat...
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    Jerod, having lost friends and family to illness and decease, I feel for everyone in the this situation. As far as I am concerned, this belongs right where it is. This were he spent a lot of time here and yes he has helped a lot of people on this site.

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    Prayers and positive Karma heading your way Mr. Pat. I too know how it is to endure poor health. I have enjoyed reading about your adventures over the years and hope you are behind the wheel of that jetboat rocket ship screaming up a skinny river ASAP.

    Get Well Soon!!!

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    I'm not superstitious, but I truley hope you fare well, AK Nimrod (Nimrod in the Bible was a Hunter!)

    I do so appreciate what I have at hand, and outside my door, but to tell the truth here is to be called a Bragger, (too much, too big, to often, ect...)when its just facts.......The Hunting outside my door here in Unit 23 just cannot be beat ANYWHERE in the world.

    Wouild be awsome to Hunt with ya, Nimrod Get better, now!!
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    Jerod, is Pat one of the guys that always went with you and Glenn?
    "We're all here cuz we're not all there"

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    Prayers said, may he make a fast recovery!!!

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    Met pat one time and had a great talk with him. He was a great guy and had a lot of knowledge to share and was happy to do so.

    Thoughts and prayers are on their way

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    He is the type of person we all hope to be I never met him in person but have asked his advise on running a boat on the Sag and he always was willing to give me information. Get well soon and I hope to see you up on the river this year my family is praying for you and your family.

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    The suprise of another morning is a great thing to behold.He will be in a prayer and my thoughts.
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    Best wishes and a speedy recovery to you, Pat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK DUX View Post
    Jerod, is Pat one of the guys that always went with you and Glenn?
    No he wasn't, but I did spend a little time with Pat on the Sag. Only once did our timing meet up that both of our boats were at the Sag launch at the same time, but mine was on the trailer getting ready to head south and his was just being put in the water. I'd been on his boat a couple of times, and helped him out getting it back to the launch and trying to fix his intake/impellor when he broke down. I'd usually be at work while he was there and would drive down to meet up with him and bs for a while.

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    Jerod,

    My prayers will be with Pat and his family and godspeed on the recovery. What a great write up Jerod don't know Pat but any Alaska Hunter is another brother in my book. We all only have so many sunrises and sunsets on this earth and it is how we spend them that counts.Many of my friends are in awe on the money I spend on gear and hunts. But I know that someday my health will be a limiting factor for now Im living my dream here in Alaska and very thankful for the opportunities.

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    Hello to everyone in the hunting world. This message is from Pat's/AK NIMROD son Rob. First Thank you all for your thoughs and prayers. I will let him know the hunting communitee is pulling for him. Just a quick up date, we are in Rochester Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic. This place is the best. Everything is right here. They are putting a tube to drain the fluid from his lungs for starters. Trying to relive the pain and difficulty breathing. The next step is more Doc's. Maybe we will figure whats going on. I still have alot of hunting to do with him and I know you guys out there still need some questions answered.

    Thanks Jerod for this thread.
    Rob

    PS. And ya you guys are right that jet boat is pretty cool, even more fun when your end it!!!!!
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    Thankyou Rob, I have been watching this thread hoping for an update. I will be keeping him in prayer and hoping for a speedy recovery.
    Keep us updated

    Tony

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    Rob, tell your Dad prayers are being said right now. God Bless.

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