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Pro Angler Jonathon Herndon to Visit The Children’s Hospital

Pro Angler Jonathon Herndon to Visit The Children's Hospital

Disabled Professional Hopes to Brighten Patients' Day 

MACON, GA (Friday, March 2, 2012) – Pro angler and central Georgia resident Jonathon Herndon will make his annual visit to The Children's Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia on Tuesday, March 6 at 2 p.m.

Herndon, 36, travels the country fishing national tournament trails and giving fishing seminars at various outdoor and boat shows, and runs a guide service on Lake Sinclair. But he takes time every year to visit The Children's Hospital because he has something very special in common with the children he will be visiting. Herndon, who is now wheelchair bound, suffered a severe spinal injury as a toddler which left him paralyzed from the neck down. After many surgeries and extended stays at MCCG, he was able to recover enough to be able to chase his dreams.

“I know firsthand what these children are going through, and it is a heavy load for a youngster to bear,” Herndon said. “If I can take their minds off of things, let them have a boat load of fun and at the same time teach them that anything is possible as long as they don't ever give up, my visit is a success.”

This year with help from his sponsors at Bass Pro Shops, Herndon has gathered some very large and unique gifts for the young patients.

“Since they are unable to go out, I plan on bringing the outdoors inside to them,” he said. “And I am sure they will teach me a fishing tip or two of their own!”

Herndon is a pro angler and owns Catfish Reaper Charters in Eatonton, GA.