SAN ANTONIO —  Aaron Brady calls his two years battling acute myeloid leukemia (AML) crazy, and a roller coaster.

  • Event aims to give people hope
  • Expected to raise $10,000
  • Money goes to research

"I did four rounds of chemotherapy, then my brother was a haplo match, so they kill off my immune system, bring his stem cells in and regenerate, and give me new life," said Brady.

Now that he's cancer-free, he's giving back, like his participation in Target A Cure, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual clay shoot.  Brady spoke at the event last year, but was able to take part this time around.

He calls it having fun with a purpose, and feels like it's a way to give those struggling with the disease a reason to keep fighting.

"That's my whole thing.  You want to give people hope," said Brady.  "When you're going through the journey all you want is hope.  Another round of chemo, make sure the numbers are coming down and the transplants are working out, but you just want hope."

Brady's wife, Carrie was there with him from diagnosis to remission, and smiled when she looked out at the shooters Friday

"They're here for us, or they're here because they love someone, said Carrie Brady.  "There's things like this that have to be supported, and that's why they're here.  They're having a good time, but they're here for the cause."

The event is expected to raise over $10,000, with that money going to research for blood disorders and various blood diseases.