Sheep Shape explores the personal life struggles of four hunters from cancer, abuse, bullying, PTSD and injuries from the war. The personalities will walk you through their battles in everyday life all while training to get into Sheep Shape with the assistance of their coaches and trainers. The story will build as you follow them into the mountains in Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories as they hunt Dall and Stone Sheep to see if they got what it takes.
At 19-years-old while in the middle of his sophomore year in college, Chad was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. The disease caused his knee to be completely replaced and he lost parts of his quad muscle, femur and tibia. This resulted in Chad having to learn to walk again with over a thousand days of physical therapy and a few more surgeries under his belt. Realizing life is short, Chad never looked back and has set his sights on training for one of his lifelong dreams, to hunt wild sheep.
Patrick enlisted in the infantry division of the Army, after Airborne and Air Assault School, he was deployed to Iraq in April 2003. He later completed Warrant Officer Candidate School and began flying helicopters right away. He was deployed to Northern Iraq July 22, 2006. While in Kirkuk, Iraq, Patrick’s life was forever changed after an engine failure caused his helicopter to hurtle toward the ground at 3000 feet per minute. Though he had nine fractured vertebrae, an above-the-knee amputation, a crushed pelvis, nerve damage, and a partial amputation of a middle finger, an overall two-month and two-day stay at hospitals worldwide, Patrick was ready to get back in the air. After three months, he was walking, and in October of 2008, he began to learn to fly with his prosthetic leg.
Kelsie wants to encourage women of all ages that there is hope and a better life out there, to speak out, to never be afraid, and not let others dictate your life. Kelsie is a survivor, like most victims, she too wondered why me. She was abused for 3 years as a young child. Kelsie was also a victim of bullying, which took her dream of playing college basketball. She battled PTSD, suicide and depression. Meeting Johnny (her husband) and hunting has empowered her to pursue her athletic abilities in a way she never thought existed. She is mentally and physically tough. She is blessed to be able to have the ability to hunt in terrain most people cannot endeavor.
Father of two daughters, Karsyn and Tyler, Rick was diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer in May of 2013. Rick was given a 15% chance of living past one year and less than a 5% chance of surviving past year five. Rick refuses to let statistics rule his life and his fight against the disease has become so powerfully inspirational that the entire outdoor industry has come to the prayerful rescue of him. Rick is a man of faith and fights his battle the same way he has modeled his life, with God, family and friends.