Duck Dynasty Star Surprises Fan Battling ALS

WAR EAGLE, Ark. — A northwest Arkansas man battling ALS for the past 7 years, had the surprise of a lifetime Tuesday.
Steve Swope is your average outdoors man, a love for his family, his land and hunting. In 2008, Swope was diagnosed with ALS.

Many avid outdoors men like Swope love Duck Dynasty, and he’s no exception. Duck Dynasty star, Willie Robertson made a special trip to Northwest Arkansas to meet Swope.

“When I found out, it obviously hit my heart. We were able to see Steve and the family and just share some time with them. They’ve watched the television show, so it’s really neat to be able to do that,” Robertson said.

The ALS Association, Arkansas chapter helped make today possible thorough a new program called ‘Making Dreams a Reality.’ Jennifer Necessary is the organization’s executive director and organized the meeting.

“We just want to bring joy to their life, we started this program, and today we have absolutely done that for Steve Swope and his family. Yeah this one will be very hard to top, but we will give it our best,” Necessary said.

Robertson brought Swope his iconic bandanna and duck call, and the similarities were striking.

“His beard is probably fuller than mine, but we’re outdoors man, we love being outside, we love our family, we have a strong faith,” Robertson said.

“We never in a million years would have dreamed that he would be out here on our yard,” Scope’s wife Jennifer said. “Something like this just means the world to all of us.”

Tuesday afternoon was filled with a few laughs and a prayer with the family.

“It’s so good to see you,” Robertson told Swope. “If I don’t see you again I’ll see you in heaven… I wonder if our beards will be the same in heaven?” Robertson joked.


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