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Fundraiser targets family of young archer
Event is Saturday at Ducktown Park
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Hunter Thompson, the subject of an archery fundraiser, is seen the day after his heart transplant. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

If you’re going

• What: Forsyth County Archery Club’s Archery Festival benefitting Hunter Williams

• When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Ducktown Park, 5895 Heardsville Road

• Cost: $10 for archery activities

• For more information, visit or call Kevin Cully at (678) 929-7762.

While figurative hearts and arrows often are pictured together, literal ones will be matched this weekend.

Members of the Forsyth County Archery Club will hold their fourth annual Archery Festival from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Ducktown Park.

In years past, proceeds from the event have gone to help various community charities. This year, however, the event will benefit the family of club member Hunter Williams.

The 12-year-old is currently at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, recuperating from a Sept. 14 heart transplant.

“After we leave here, we’ll spend another month or so at the Ronald McDonald House,” said Hunter’s mother, Kelly Williams. “We’re hoping to be home by Christmas.”

Hunter needed the transplant due to a condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, meaning he was born without one of the left chambers of his heart.

“He was born with just three chambers of his heart, so they had to reroute the blood flow so the right side could do most of the work,” said Kelly Williams, adding that the transplant was her son’s fourth major heart surgery.

Archery head coach Kevin Cully said club members were happy to support the Williams’ family.

“We’ve switched from ‘let’s get Hunter a new heart’ to ‘let’s help Hunter with his medicines now that he has his new heart,’” Cully said.

Saturday’s event will feature a number of archery-related activities, as well as other traditional fall festival fun, such as bake and concession sales, inflatables and face painting.

“We wanted to have something that appealed to everyone,” Cully said.

For $10, patrons can try their hand at shooting bows and arrows.

“We’ll be giving archery lessons and there’ll be lots of different types of targets,” Cully said.

The club, which Cully said has about 50 members, meets once a week and is open to children and adults.

While some people may think of archery as an unsafe sport, Cully said a national study found it fell between bowling and golf for number of injuries.

“Golf has more injuries each year and bowling has just under the amount of injuries that archery does,” he said.

“The most common injury is from the bow’s string hitting your arm the wrong way, and we can correct that in about three seconds.”

Cully said anyone interested in learning more about the sport should come out Saturday.

“We have many, many club bows and arrows, and admission includes the use of those, so they don’t have to bring a thing,” he said.

Kelly Williams said the family is appreciative of the club’s support.

“Ever since he got sicker, they’ve really supported him so he didn’t feel left out,” she said. “They’ve just gone so above and beyond, I don’t even know where to start.”