My name is Marlene Lewis and I live with my husband and youngest son outside of a small town in Northeastern Indiana. We also have two older children along with three grandchildren. Included in our household are our two Brittany’s which we adopted from a rescue organization and our little Yorkshire terrier.
I was raised in the lakes area in a family that enjoyed camping, skiing, and hunting. Growing up I was able to experience living in a teepee as well as a summer on a houseboat. I enjoy being a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and I previously worked as a Naturalist at Pokagon State Park. I enjoy kayaking, archery, and helping with my son’s 4-H shooting sports program. I am a Licensed Practical Nurse and a Certified Massage Therapist.
In 2005, my then 12 yr. old son was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor which had spread into his spine. That news had the power to change the course of our lives forever.
I realized along this journey that our family needed to take time to slow down. We needed to look back and see where we were coming from. We needed to look into our future with different eyes. We needed to Relax, Reflect, and Refocus.
We have dedicated these past years to fighting the battle of our son’s cancer and living life to the fullest extent every day. Through the help of groups like USSA, our family has had the wonderful opportunity to go on fishing and hunting trips which have taken us out of the hospital settings and back into a world in which we could all heal.
Not only could this journey help my own family but now I can help others as well. I am honored to be a part of the USSA organization. I look forward to being able to connect with other families in the great outdoors.