Several Duncanites will be hitting the water Saturday at Lake Texoma, but it isn’t for a fishing tournament or skiing or tubing.

Ed Brinkman, Harold Waller and Robert Henderson will be taking 150 terminally ill children from Oklahoma Children’s Hospital out for a day of fishing or whatever strikes their fancy.

“It is a fishing derby and they’ll give a prize for the biggest perch, catfish or striper and fish like carp,” Brinkman said. “But some will just want to swim, and we’ll take them to the beach and let them swim. Most of them will be satisfied with just going out on a boat.”

Waller will be taking his entire family to Texoma for the event.

“My wife and five kids will be on the bank with kids fishing,” Waller said. “A couple of other boats from this area are going down.”

The idea to help surfaced after Brinkman received an e-mail from Gene Gilliand.

“Gene is the president of the North Oklahoma Bassmasters Club, and he sent me an e-mail,” Brinkman said. “Gene is hoping that there will be 75 boats there so all of the kids can go out at once.”

Waller also fishes other tournaments for charity.

“I fish a tournament put on by the Louisiana Oilmen, and they contribute an enormous amount to St. Jude’s Hospital,” Waller said. “They have 700 boats entered in once in the spring and once in the fall, and Joe Keller and I fish it twice a year.”

Waller was also instrumental in getting a youth league fishing circuit sponsored by local businesses.

“The highest-placing minor gets a new boat,” Waller added.

Those wanting to take part in the event should call Gilliand at 405-321-8503 or Brinkman at 580-467-3699 by the end of the day.

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