|Drake with TenPoint's VP of Sales |
Drake Taylor, or “Little D”, might be small in size, but he is a giant when it comes to enthusiasm, ambition, and spirit. He was born with a rare form of dwarfism, called Osteodysplastic Primordial Dwarfism (MOPDII) and stands just 39-inches tall at seventeen years of age. Recently, he was also diagnosed with MoyaMoya, a rare blood vessel disorder of the brain. He has under gone three re-vascular brain surgeries and recovered with amazing grace. Despite his size and disorders, Drake is passionate about many things in life, including fishing, painting, participating in Special Olympic sports, and designing jewelry. Most of all, though, he is passionate about hunting!
|Drake with TenPoint's Mike Shaffer |
and Director of Business Development
|Drake with TenPoint's Barb Terry|
and Missy Sharrone
After receiving the crossbow, Drake, his mom, Beverly, and his dad, Randy, had a one-hour private training session with TenPoint’s Barb Terry at the IL Deer and Turkey Classic in March. Barb provided Drake with instructions on how to safely use a crossbow, properly sight one in and shoot it, how to choose the correct arrow/broadhead combination, and select the right target. The entire family also learned how to use TenPoint’s ACUrope and SteddyEddy. With some practice, Drake consistently hit the bull's-eye. Later that afternoon, he even provided crossbow shooting advice to his neighbor who stopped by the show!
With the help of TenPoint, Drake has accomplished many of his hunting goals. Since January 2011, he has harvested a turkey, a wild hog, and a Texas Dahl ram – all with his custom-fit TenPoint crossbow.
|Drake with his |
Texas Dahl Ram
|Drake with his turkey|