Tina Pattison created Hunt of a Lifetime after her own life experience. When her 12 year old son, Matthew, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, she asked him what he would like to do in the future and he said, hunt moose with his father. Pattison wanted to make that dream come true for him, but knew that some moose hunts cost $10,000 plus. She asked the Make-A-Wish foundation. They no longer offered hunts, animal rights groups had pressured them to stop. She then called outfitters, and found one that would take her son on his hunt. A small outfitter out of Nordegg, Alberta would take Matthew on his moose hunt, the townspeople took care of everything, and Matthew got his moose on the first day of the hunt. Six months later in April, Matthew passed away.
Pattison created Hunt of a Lifetime for outdoor enthusiasts who also had that special wish of hunting. They are all different, a six year old boy wanted to have a bigger buck mount on the wall than his father. The program was discovered by Gabriel DeLoach, who has created a documentary, "The Harvest" based on the program - where 3 different children are followed while getting their wish. Pattison has helped make 630 dreams come true for sick children. From Salon.com .