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Current Documentary Project: twenty years of Swollfest Fishing Rodeo

Every year at Swollfest Fishing Rodeo in Grand Isle, Louisiana one individual is surprised with an "outdoor wish."  Rachel was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at eighteen months old.  Despite her debilitating disease, she has maintained a positive outlook on life, always searching for the best in every situation and bringing smiles to all those she meets.  At the 2015 Swollfest Fishing Rodeo, Rachel was surprised with the trip of a lifetime from the Outdoor Wish Foundation: a three day hunting trip to Recordbuck Ranch in Utopia,Texas.  The foundation also gifted Rachel an action trackchair to assist her in navigating the outdoors while on the trip and on all of her future adventures.  “Outdoor Wish: Rachel" follows this inspiring young woman on a journey from her daily life to the expansive land of Recordbuck Ranch where she overcomes the restraints of her disease to conquer the wild outdoors.

Swollfest Fishing Rodeo is a non-profit organization started in 1997 that works year-round to raise funds for American Diabetes Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association, as well as other organizations.  Swollfest has extensive community involvement with hundreds of sponsors and many more participants providing the foundation for one of the top philanthropies in our area.  In conjunction with Swollfest, Outdoor Wish Foundation was founded in 2008 as a non-profit organization and operates to improve the quality of life for children and veterans with disabilities by offering an opportunity of a lifetime with hunting and/or fishing adventures.  The main goal of both organizations is to involve the community in awareness of the special needs of others along with raising funds to improving quality of life for those affected, optimistic that one day we will find a cure.

Outdoor Wish - StreetCar Films
Recordbuck Ranch - StreetCar Films
Muscular Dystrophy Organization - StreetCar Films
Hunting - StreetCar Films

MDA CAMP

Dr. Nick Rauber first saw the impact of muscular dystrophy when he was a 16-year old Jesuit student.

Nearly 20 years later, the tradition of going to camp has continued. Swollfest Fishing Rodeo wanted to take a closer look at how the lives of so many great kids are affected.  

Swollfest Fishing Rodeo benefits the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, Grand Isle School, the Swollfest Outdoor Wish Foundation and many other causes. As a philanthropic event, Swollfest has raised nearly $755,000.