“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about [my brother Hunter] or the disease known as Sanflippo Syndrome,” shared Mason Propst on Facebook in late May. “While Hunter may not be here physically anymore, he is always with us, as is Sanflippo… It is my absolute honor to help raise awareness for Cure Sanfilippo Foundation and the kids all over the world who suffer from this.”
A Brother’s Love
In 2017, Mason’s brother Hunter passed away at the age of 15 after his journey with Sanfilippo.
According to his obituary, “Hunter was the happiest little boy who never let his disability get in the way of him living his life to the fullest. He was an inspiration to his family, his friends and the community. His laugh was infectious, his smile would melt your heart, and his singing would keep a smile on your face all day long. Hunter taught us all so much about the true meaning of love, friendship and life. He will be missed by all.”
Mason carries the memory of Hunter with him: “While Hunter may not be here physically anymore he is always with us as is Sanflippo. There are still kids out there that suffer from this horrible disease every day with no cure.”
Melding Passion and Profession
Mason is a professional angler and competes in national competitions around the country.
This year, he is donating $10 to Cure Sanfilippo Foundation to honor Hunter for every 10 lbs. of walleye that he and his dad weigh-in at tournaments.
Additionally, he is personally fundraising for Cure Sanfilippo Foundation. “Help me honor Hunter by donating to support research to cure Sanfilippo Syndrome. With your help, the day of a cure comes sooner,” said Mason Propst via Facebook.
He is also raising awareness about Sanfilippo Syndrome with the logo of Cure Sanfilippo Foundation on his tournament jersey.
Read Mason’s entire post about his fundraising and awareness effort:
A Family Legacy of Fishing
A love and gift for fishing runs in the Propst family.
In addition to his professional fishing, he and his dad Bob Jr. operate Propst Professional Anglers in South Dakota.
Hunter and Mason’s grandfather Bob was a well-known professional angler and guide. His skill was succinctly summed up in his November 2017 obituary, “He just thought like a fish.”