Having lost family members to cancer, Shane Lineberger is dedicated to help the battle any way he can.
The Bassmaster Elite Series pro recently offered himself to take a pediatric cancer survivor for a day fishing in a benefit tournament on North Carolina’s Lake Norman.
“I do it because I support the American Cancer Society,” Lineberger said. “We’ve all unfortunately been touched by cancer in our lives. It’s just one little bit I try to do to give back.”
Lineberger took out a surprised Carson Kale for the Fishing for Cures tournament, complete with band, barbecue, silent auction and drawings. The 16-year-old had surgery eight years ago to remove Astrocytoma, a type of cancer in the brain and spinal cord. Kale’s first question after surgery was if he could still play football, and Lineberger said he noticed the youth’s zest for life.
“He’s your typical 16-year-old boy,” he said. “He doesn’t sit around, woe is me. He loves to fish and loves to race cars. He’s real big into drag racing.
“His thing the other day was all he wanted to do is catch every fish in the lake. That was fine by me. I had a really great time with him. When you have somebody energetic like that, they’re very easy to have a good time with.”
Fishing, including being a fan of Lineberger, is high among Kale’s interests. He’s fished about every day since his parents purchased him a john boat a couple of years ago. He was thrilled to spend the day seeing how a pro does it, and he left with a mess of gear gifted to him. Although the pursuit to catch fish became intense, Lineberger was thrilled to have a day of mostly fun fishing and help the cause in the process.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t win the tournament this year,” he said. “But it’s just something I enjoy doing.”