ARANSAS PASS – For 27 years, the annual Chemo Kids Fish Off has allowed cancer patients from Driscoll Children’s Hospital to take their minds off chemotherapy and enjoy a morning of fishing.

On Tuesday, 20 chemo therapy patients took to the bay, along with Driscoll Children’s Hospital staff volunteers, to get their fish on beginning at Redfish Bay Boathouse, 322 Huff St. in Aransas Pass.

The children rode in boats driven by fishing guides and local anglers who donated their time for the event. After fishing, trophies were awarded to the children in various categories. 

“This is important because it gives the kids a chance to just forget about having cancer, about getting treatment and just have fun,” Director of the 4th Tower Hematology Oncology Unit at Driscoll Children’s Hospital Michelle Goodman said.

“Just a good day full of fun.”

Driscoll Children’s Hospital is a 189-bed pediatric tertiary care center with more than 30 medical and  surgical specialties offering care throughout South Texas, including Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley, Victoria and Laredo.

Through the vision and generosity of its founder, Clara Driscoll, Driscoll Children’s Hospital opened in 1953, becoming the first, and remains the only, free-standing children’s hospital in South Texas.

In 2018, Driscoll had more than 143,000 patient visits, including more than 43,000 patients seen at South Texas’ first emergency room created exclusively for children.