His burn scars stretch from head to foot. He uses a wheelchair, and Garrison “Rayne” Newby is constantly fighting infections.
But the 14-year-old Millsap High School freshman is ready to go deer hunting, less than a year after an accident at a family gathering in Grayson County left him with burns on more than 90 percent of his body.
A few weeks from being dismissed from a Dallas physical therapy center and a Ronald McDonald House, Newby and his family will pack their bags and head for Missouri today on his first deer hunting trip, thanks to a classmate and a TV hunting show.
“Before he was burned, I had promised to take him this year,” said Johnthomas Larkin of Aledo, Newby’s cousin. “He missed Thanksgiving, Christmas and his birthday. When he started to get better, we thought maybe.”
Millsap classmate Bailey Natusch nominated Newby for an expense-paid dream hunt for terminally ill children sponsored by TNT’s Outdoor Explosion show.
He was picked to hunt white-tailed deer in Missouri.
“I’m very excited,” Newby said this week at his grandmother’s home in Weatherford.
Newby suffered the critical burns Nov. 23, a day before Thanksgiving, near Pottsboro in Grayson County where his family was visiting relatives.
A relative had been burning brush when the fire went down after several hours.
Newby placed a piece of wood on the embers, trying to rekindle the blaze. When that didn’t work, he grabbed a container of diesel fuel to add to the embers.
In seconds, the container caught fire and exploded.