Ohio teen fulfills wish of halibut fishing in Alaska

David Stammen of Sidney, Ohio, reeled in his first halibut aboard a Homer Ocean Charter boat – followed by 12 more over the course of his fishing trip in June. “It was amazing, other than the fact that you’re just about falling off the boat,” said David, who isn’t used to the choppy waters of Kachemak Bay. “The longest one (fish) I had was 37 inches.”


While many come to Homer for a similar experience, this particular trip is the result of acts of kindness and several months of struggle for 16-year-old David, who has been fighting Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma since December 2015. When the doctors found the cancer, it was stage four, said his mother, Robin Stammen. The cancer had also made its way into David’s bloodstream, causing skin cancer as well.

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