Bow hunter on target towards recovery

By WEEK Reporter

February 2, 2014 Updated Feb 3, 2014 at 12:13 PM CDT

CENTRAL IllINOIS -- Brendan Quinn is back doing what he loves.

The 22 year old from Bloomington has been bow hunting since he was 10 years old.

"I would go out to the woods and everything would just disappear and I would just be the happiest person in the world," said Quinn. "It would just be me and the wildlife. That's it."

However, everything changed for Quinn last August.

He was involved in a motorcycle accident that caused him to be paralyzed from the waist down.

"They were telling me it was going to take a while to get back to normal and I was just like that's not going to happen because I was so frustrated because I hated being in the hospital," said Quinn.

He said he focused on bow hunting as his motivation to get better.

In physical therapy, Quinn made big strides, and it just so happened that his physical trainer was no stranger to bow hunting.

"My husband knows a lot about hunting and so do I," said physical trainer Sarah Martin. "I knew there was options out there for him."

One thing led to another and Sarah Martin's husband Dan Martin took Quinn bow shopping to explore those options.

"He's like yeah, I have a surprise for you," said Quinn. "I'm like what's that? Like that bow you were just shooting? I was like yeah. He was like we're going to pay for it so you can get back in the field again."

"His will and determination are greater than most people I know who can walk, "said Dan Martin.

Thanks to Martin's local Whitetails Unlimited chapter, Brendan Quinn has a new custom bow and a new outlook on life.

"Now I know I can do stuff like this, I'm more optimistic," said Quinn. "I have a bigger smile on my face everyday.