OUR HEROES

Meet This Year's Heroes:
COLTON SUTLEY

At age 17, Colton knew he wanted to serve his country and enlisted in the US Marine Corps.  Later that same year he was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, which is a type of bone cancer.  Soon after his diagnosis, Colton underwent surgery to remove the tumor and his femur and install a titanium replacement.  He was also treated with many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, and his current scans show that he is cancer free!  Colton lives with his parents and sister in Dempseytown, PA.  His dream is to harvest an elk, and he’ll be traveling to Oregon this fall to hunt at the Timber Tiger Lodge!

SGT. JEREMY MULLENIX

SGT/E5 Jeremy Mullinex served 15 years in the military, with both the Marines and in the Army.  While in Iraq, on November 9, 2006, Jeremy was injured in an IED explosion in the Anbar Province near Camp Korean Village. He was hit in the face, neck, and hands by shrapnel.  Jeremy and his wife Amy, along with four sons Dayton, Dawson, Ethan, and Lucas currently reside in Canton, TX.  Jeremy loves anything outdoors and old hot rods.  He is looking forward to hunting Elk in Colorado this fall with the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

SFC. RAYMOND "RYAN" COLES

Sergeant First Class (Retired) Raymond “Ryan” Coles served our country in the US Army.  While in Rustamaya, Iraq, on May 2, 2008, Ryan was injured by indirect fire in a mortar/rocket attack. Ryan’s awards and accommodations include a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, MSM(4), ARCOM(4), AAM(3), Iraq Campaign Ribbons w/3 Stars and a Combat Action Badge.  Ryan has been married for 25 years, has 2 sons ages 27 and 21, the youngest currently being stationed in Germany and 2 grandchildren.    Ryan loves his family and anything outdoors.  He is looking forward to hunting Elk in Colorado this fall with the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

Past Heroes
MJR. SAMUEL ROSALES

Colorado - Elk

Major Samuel Rosales served our country with the US Marines for 26 years.  His deployments include Operation Desert Shield/Storm, West Pac ‘92’.  After Officer selection, training and commissioning he deployed to OIF I, and OIF II.  Post-combat operations, he became the Assistant OIC of back clearing operations in Fallujah where he was wounded in house to house combat.  Upon return Major Rosales served at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, San Diego, CA as a Series Commander for 4 cycles, Company Commander for 3 cycles and Aide de Camp to the MCRD/WRR Commanding General.  He then was selected to join Marine Special Operations Command. This included deployments to the Philippines for Counter Narcotics Operations and to Afghanistan as part of Special Operations Task Force 81 serving as an Intelligence Officer and Liaison Officer to Regional Command West with Italian and Spanish forces. He has also earned degrees in Criminology and Spanish, a Master’s degree in Western Hemisphere Security Studies, and a Master’s degree in Naval Studies / Business.  Major Rosales’ personal decorations include the Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal fifth award with Combat “V”, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal third award, Navy & Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia, and a Brazilian Naval War College badge.  Major Rosales has two daughters and lives in Covington, Georgia.  Major Rosales harvested an awesome 5 x 6 bull elk, on a trip to Colorado in 2019, as part of the “Skills 4 Life” program with the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

SPC. SEAN COGBURN

Colorado - Elk

Specialist (Medically Retired) Sean Cogburn served 8 years in the US Army.  Sean suffered a shoulder injury, PTSD and has Fibromyalgia as a result of his deployment to Asadabad, Afghanistan.   Sean’s awards and accommodations include Arcom-v, Arcom(1), Aam(1), Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Combat Infantry Badge.  Sean and his wife Emily, along with three daughters and a son (Alyssa, Camryn, Riley and Paxton) currently reside in Saint Clair, MI.  Sean loves his family, travelling and hunting.  Sean harvested a great bull elk, on a trip to Colorado in 2019, as part of the “Skills 4 Life” program with the Military Warriors Support Foundation.   

SETH APEL

New Mexico - Elk

Seth Apel is from Knox, Pennsylvania and in 2015 was involved in a tragic farming accident that severed his arm and left him fighting for his life. However, the incredible surgeons at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh were able to reattach his arm, and Seth's been inspiring us all with his recovery ever since! Seth harvested a massive bull elk on his Camo Cares trip to New Mexico and you can watch his story and see the hunt here: https://youtu.be/KoFR1GNGGfw.

AUSTIN DRAKULIC

Idaho - Elk

In 2015, Austin was diagnosed with medullablastoma, a type of brain cancer.  Over the next 4 years, he underwent many treatments and surgeries.  During that time, we were honored to travel with Austin on his dream hunt in New Mexico, where he shot a huge bull elk.  Austin continued to fight his cancer, but sadly, he passed away in June 2019.   Our 2020 Camo Cares event will be held in memory of Austin.  He was a true light to anyone who was blessed to have known him.

SGT. JOSE VALDENEGRO

New Mexico - Elk

SGT Valdenegro was injured when an IED exploded next to his vehicle in Feb 2009. He was knocked unconscious and sustained injuries to his feet unknown at the time. He was later treated for his injuries upon redeployment and had numerous surgeries to salvage his left foot. It was ultimately decided that his left foot be amputated, and would have it done in April 2014. SGT Valdenegro loves to volunteer and help out fellow Soldiers and Veterans he volunteers his time to several organizations that help out wounded service members. His hobbies include Taxidermy, Hunting, Fishing, hiking and wood working. He would love to start his own business and open up a taxidermy shop and continue to help fellow veterans in need.

TRISTYN DENNIS

New Mexico - Elk

Tristyn was diagnosed with AML Leukemia when he was 11 years old.  He spent over 6 months in Children’s Hospital where he received chemo and other procedures to battle his disease.  Tristyn bagged a nice bull elk on his Hunt Of A Lifetime in 2017.  We are happy to report that Tristyn is now CANCER FREE, and is enjoying life as a teenager!!

SGT. JOSEPH MASSEUR

New Mexico - Elk

Joseph was wounded in Afghanistan when his MRAP vehicle rolled over an IED.  He sustained severe injuries to both legs, which required several surgeries to repair, including the amputation of his left leg below the knee.  He also suffered a traumatic brain injury.  Joseph shot a great bull elk in New Mexico on his hunt with Military Warriors Support Foundation.

SGT. HUBERT GONZALES

New Mexico - Elk

Hubert Gonzales served in the Marine Corps for seven years as an Infantryman. In 2013, he was medically retired as Sergeant due to wounds he received during combat operations in Afghanistan.  Sergeant Gonzales was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he received in 2011 when an IED fractured his left ankle and dislocated his
left shoulder.  After multiple surgeries and enduring years of pain, Sergeant Gonzales faced the difficult decision in January of 2015 to undergo amputation of his left foot.  Hubert shot a great bull elk in New Mexico on his hunt with Military Warriors Support Foundation.

ALANA MCMASTER

Oregon - Elk

Alana is from Clarion, PA, and battled Leukemia when she was just 13 years old.  She bagged an awesome bull elk on her Hunt of A Lifetime in Oregon.  Alana is now CANCER FREE, and living life to the fullest.  Her infectious happiness and enthusiasm are a joy to everyone who meets her!

SGT. PETE SUTHERLAND

New Mexico - Elk

Sergeant Pete Sutherland, a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, was wounded during a rescue mission in Iraq and suffered multiple gunshot wounds sustaining permanent disabilities.  Pete shot a great bull elk in New Mexico on his hunt with Military Warriors Support Foundation.

SETH DAVIS

Oregon - Elk

Seth suffered from Cystic Fibrosis, requiring many surgeries as a child.  We went along on his Hunt Of A Lifetime to Oregon, where he shot a nice bull elk in 2014. 

JOSEPH READ

Maine - Moose

Joe suffered from Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy.  He went on his Hunt of A Lifetime in 2013, and tagged a nice moose.  Sadly, Joe passed away in 2016 from his terrible disease.  His mother and other family members continue to attend Camo Cares in Joe’s memory every year.

SSGT. IAN NEWLAND

New Mexico - Elk

Staff Sergeant Ian Newland was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and was greatly impacted by the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and as a result joined the Army. On December 4th 2006, SSG Newland’s convoy was ambushed by enemy fighters, during the ambush an enemy fighter threw a hand grenade into his truck. His gunner, Ross A. McGinnis from Knox, PA,  jumped on the hand grenade, giving his life to save the other four soldiers in the truck.  During the explosion, SSG Newland received shrapnel wounds to his face, arms and legs.  He was later promoted to the rank of Staff Sargent and received a Bronze Star medal for Valor, two Bronze Stars, a Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, and an Army Achievement Ribbon. In 2013 he dedicated his New Mexico hunt to the soldier who saved his life, Ross McGinnis.

SGT. MATT MILES

New Mexico - Elk

Sergeant First Class Matt Miles served 13 years in the military, including several tours in different war-torn countries.  On his last tour in Afghanistan, his vehicle was hit with an IED.  Matt suffered many severe injuries, including the loss of his left leg, terrible back injuries, facial lacerations, broken bones in his hands and ankle, and permanent eye damage.  In 2012, Matt went on an elk hunt in New Mexico, and was fortunate to score a great bull.

WADE ARMSTRONG

Arizona - Elk

Wade battled Wilms Tumor Kidney Cancer in 2006, when he was just a young boy.  Treatment included having a kidney removed.  In 2012, Wade went on his Hunt Of A Lifetime to Arizona, where he shot a huge bull elk.  Wade and his family attend Camo Cares every year, and we’re blessed to call them our “family."

BILLY MYERS

Arizona - Elk

Billy was diagnosed with Leukemia as a teenager, and spent much of his high school time in hospitals getting chemo and cancer treatments.  In 2011, Billy went on his Hunt of A Lifetime, and shot a nice bull elk. 

DOUGLAS FICKEL

Maine - Moose

Doug was born with a rare disorder called Ataxia telangiectasia (A-T).  In 2008, Doug was also diagnosed with Leukemia.  His entire life has been spent in hospitals undergoing transfusions, chemotherapy, surgeries and other treatments.  In 2010,
we were honored to tag along with Doug on his moose Hunt Of A Lifetime in Maine.  Doug’s moose hunt video remains a favorite of most Camo Cares fans.  Doug is quite a celebrity when he attends our event each year!

 
 
 
MATTHEW CIARLONE

New Mexico - Elk

Matthew Ciarlone was a teenager when he was diagnosed with Leukemia.  He was scheduled to go on a Hunt Of A Lifetime hunt in 2009.  Sadly, Matthew passed away before his hunt could take place.  Later that year, Matthew’s father, Michael went on a muzzleloader hunt in New Mexico in Matthew’s memory.  Michael was blessed to shoot a beautiful bull elk in the last hours of his hunt.  We’re sure that Matthew was watching over his father from Heaven with a smile on his face.  Today the Ciarlone gang is a huge part of our Camo Cares family!

ARIANNA EVANS

South Dakota - Turkey

Arianna was born with Spina Bifida, and spent much of her life in and out of hospitals.  At the age of 14, she underwent a kidney transplant.  In spite of everything, Arianna was always smiling and cheering on everyone around her.  In 2008, we tagged along with Arianna on the very first Camo Cares hunt, for Marion turkey in South Dakota.  Each year afterwards, she attended our event where she was quite a celebrity!  Her smile was contagious, and she would dance in her wheelchair until the band was done playing.  Sadly, in September 2018, Arianna’s body finally gave out, and she went to Heaven where she could dance eternally.  Our 2019 Camo Cares event was held in Arianna’s memory, and her spirit will be with us always!

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