Cause helps people enjoy outdoor adventures

By BY RUSSELL HOOD THE WEBSTER PROGRESS-TIMES,

Rob “Bobcat” Robinson is continuing his mission of bringing people together to enjoy outdoor adventures and sharing the importance of being an organ donor.

The Webster Countian is the founder of Forever Outdoors, a non-profit organization designed to promote organ donation awareness and help people who can’t enjoy the outdoors.

He donated a kidney to Kansas farmer Gil Alexander in 2012, the two having met while Robinson was hunting pheasant and turkey on his property. Their meeting was the inspiration for Forever Outdoors to raise awareness for organ donation while enjoying their love of the outdoors. Alexander died in 2017.

Robinson has continued to promote organ donation since leaving the Starkville Fire Department three years ago. He has done so wherever he goes, such as the College World Series and on other ventures in 30-plus states including Alaska, and in Canada.

He’s also helped out with organizations similar to Forever Outdoors in Wyoming and Kansas, mainly with hunts for veterans.

While in Kansas last spring, Robinson met a Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient, retired Sgt. 1st Class Delwin Akins. Next month, Robinson will be guiding him on a muzzleloader deer hunt, dove hunt and fishing trip in western Kansas.

They’ll be staying in a cabin whose owner donated its use for a couple of weeks. While there, they will honor local veterans at a community get-together, letting them know what Forever Outdoors is doing for veterans and signing up organ donors.

Seeks Resources

“I work with veterans, disabled vets and kids that don’t have anybody to take them out, organ donors and recipients,” Robinson said. “I strive for people who have any kind of resources that we can use, whether it be a fishing pond or whatever … (to get) people outdoors.”

One person who  is now a resource is a disabled veteran in Columbus who became friends with Robinson. They took another veteran and some children fishing, and Robinson said his friend has since taken other disabled people, including veterans, fishing. Additionally, their friendship opened the door to the donated use of a resort in Missouri.

Robinson will also be having some hunts this winter at his place on Starnes Tabernacle Road, where his goal remains to have a hunting lodge.

For more information about Forever Outdoors, contact Robinson at 662-341-5278 or visit the organization’s Facebook page.