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Sick fisherman inspires hope for others

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Updated: 9/03/2013 8:32 pm
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla.-- It's not unusual for Scott Gerhart to wrap up a day at the Jacksonville Beach pier with a big smile. He's known as one of the best King fishermen in the area at the age of 32.

Labor Day weekend, he caught one of the largest kingfish at the beach this year: a more than 40 pounder.

But catching big fish is far from Gerhart's biggest battle. It's the fight for his life.

His kidneys don't works at all. He's one of four people known in the world with a rare kind of kidney failure that doctors aren't even sure if a new kidney will cure.

"They don't know where it come from and how it started it how to get rid of it," said Gerhart.

He spends four hours a day, three days a week here in dialysis. He has for the past three years.

"It's just a normal day to me," he said.

He says his grim prognosis sent him into a deep depression, but fishing helped him turn a corner, and he's never looking back.

"Just got tired of really being on dialysis so I started doing more things to take my mind off it," he said.

When he's not hooked up to this machine he's out hooking record breaking fish as if each day holding a line will be his last.

"I got nothing else to worry about but my fishing pole," he said.

He hopes his will to live, even when doctor have given him little hope inspires anyone with a struggle.

"Don't sit around and die. Just find something that you like to do and do it," he said.

Doctors say they don't know how much longer Gerhart will live but he promises to be out fishing every moment possible when he's not in dialysis.
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nativejax - 9/4/2013 8:36 AM
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You know action news, there is another 'word' that would have fit this story a lot better than who ever wrote this. The word 'Ill' comes to mind, without all the connotations the word 'sick' brings to this sad story. I need a job.
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