In 2020, we partnered with the High Fives Foundation to purchase a UTV for Ira E. Ira explained that he wanted to use it to help other Alaskans with disabilities and give them the opportunity to hunt and enjoy nature.
Since then, Ira has taken several of his friends and peers on his UTV to go sightseeing, camping, and hunting around Alaska. Ira told us, "I’ve taken my friend with cerebral palsy out 2yrs ago to get her first caribou ever. Last year we got her first moose. This year I’m taking her and my buddy's uncle, who has a degenerative nerve disease."
Ira isn't stopping there, either. He shared with us that he is partnering with Big Agnes to develop a hunting program for people with disabilities. As a long-time advocate for people with disabilities, Ira is the perfect person to work on this project.
Ira told us that Alaska is the only state that does not provide hunting opportunities for those with physical disabilities. Thanks to Ira's long-time advocacy work, he was able to get the first-ever hunt for people with disabilities in Alaska passed!
Congratulations Ira, you are such an inspiration!