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Kremmling sportsman club hosts benefit archery tourney for local family

Leo Wolfson
Special to the Daily

Bull's Eye

This weekend, a community will come together to help a family in need — not so much with their hands, but with the strings on their bows.

On June 26 and June 27, Grand County 4H will host a benefit archery shoot for the Jump family, who has had a very difficult year.

The competition will be held at Archery Underground in Kremmling and will have four different qualifying heats spread between Friday night and Saturday morning. Archers will be given 10 arrows at distances of 20 and 30 yards. The top three scores from each heat will advance to the championship round on Saturday at 1 p.m. There will also be a one-shot bulls-eye competition.

Cost of entry is $25 and $5 per arrow in the one-shot event. Half of the money from entry fees and all donations will go to the Jump family, with the other half from entry fees going to the prize pool.

Tragic year

In May, a fire badly damaged the Jump's Kremmling home, causing around $160,000 in smoke and structural damage. The family had to gut their entire house and replace walls, along with most of their clothing. During the reconstruction, the Jumps were forced to rent out another home.

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Soon after the fire, doctors discovered a nodule in one of Shannon Jump's lungs. Shannon, the mother of the family, has a genetic disease known as Von Hippel-Lindau disease, or VHL, a deficiency in bodily proteins that prevents tumors. The nodule needs to be removed, as it might be cancerous.

"It's an on-going battle with her VHL," said her husband, Bo Jump. "She's already had one bout with breast cancer. We just have to stay constantly vigilant and hope for the best."

Shannon will receive surgery in July that will require her to take about a month off from work. This will be a serious detriment to the family's income — she works full time. As if all this wasn't enough, Bo's mother also recently had a stroke.

Remarkably, Bo has kept a positive attitude during these trying times.

"If we get through this year, everything will be easier," he said with a laugh. "It can't get worse than this."

Archery in the family

Another factor that has helped the Jump family fight through the past few months has been Bo and his daughter Madison's passion for archery.

"It's been a rough year, but archery has been a stress reliever," Bo explained. "It helps us forget about everything else. It's very Zen-like."

The two started with archery last year as an outlet for more "daddy-daughter" time, but the pastime quickly developed into something much larger. The two quickly shot up through the local ranks, becoming an integral part of their archery community.

Bo is now a Sharp Shooters 4H Club Leader and was named 2014 Grand County Leader of the Year. Madison is a 4H member of both the Winner's Circle and Sharp Shooters clubs and was one of the first Grand County archers in over a decade sent to the 4H State Archery tournament. Shannon also does archery from time-to-time.

"Archery is a great sport because it allows you to get out into nature, and it develops a lot of mental skills, like hand-eye coordination," Bo said.

"The amount of hardships the Jump family has gone through over the last couple months usually happens to people over 15 years," event organizer Trudy Hoesli said. "We wanted to do something that represents them and involves the community, and what better way to raise money and show everyone what the Jump's passion is than by doing an archery-shoot fundraiser?"

Along with the competition, there will also be a $5 hot-dog lunch on Saturday, with all proceeds also going to the Jumps. The Jump family will be in attendance at the event.

"I'm not one to ask for help, so it's a great feeling to have of our friends and neighbors doing this for us," Bo said. "Having events like these is one of the beauties of living in a small community."

And, the community is ready to give back.

"Even if you don't want to do archery, you can still stop by and donate to their cause," Hoesli said. "As a community, we need to take care of each other, and this is the perfect time to do that."

Entry forms for the event can be picked up at Archery Underground or at the CSU Extension office in Kremmling.

Benefit archery shoot

What: An archery tournament to raise money for the Jump family of Kremmling

Where: Archery Underground, 306 Central Ave. in Kremmling

When: Friday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m.

Cost: $25 to enter tournament, $5 per arrow in one-shot bulls-eye competition

Donations to the Jump family are welcome from competitors and non-competitors. For more information, contact Archery Underground at 970-724-1115, Travis Hoesli at 970-590-5863 or his wife, Trudy Hoesli, at 970-531-7036.

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