NISSWA, Minn. - Tom and John Ashton are avid outdoorsmen, and it's clear that these two brothers know the key to a big catch.
"It's all about the wait," Tom said.
But waiting isn't easy these days. The older of the two, Tom, was diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago.
That year John was diagnosed with the same cancer. John is in remission, but Tom's cancer spread to his brain. No one knows how long Tom has left, but John knew he wanted to leave the hospital and chemo sessions for ice fishing.
So the man who never asks for help, reached out.
"Cause I love my brother. What other reason?" John said.
John brought his wish to My Bucket List, a nonprofit that helps terminally ill adults. An anonymous donor stepped forward and donated a weekend on Gull Lake in Nisswa, complete with a guide.
"It's just a break where we can think about that fish on this little screen," John said.
"It's exactly how the bucket brigade was meant to be and it just worked perfect," Tom "Rudy" Ruether, the man who started My Bucket List said.
Ruether said while their organization is young they want to grant more wishes so families like the Ashtons can focus on making memories.
For Tom the weekend getaway was just what the doctor order.
"This made it a less painful ride for us," he said.