Monday, October 22, 2007

Getting Ready!

I have been thinking for some time on how I can help my mom and others who have breast cancer. So after talking with my Dad, we came up with an idea of raising awareness and money through my participation in water based challenges and adventures.
The challenge which really got me thinking was the PEAK Hardcore Adventure Camp 2007, where I paddled with a group for 93 miles on the Wisconsin River. It made me feel like I could do anything.
I've competed in the DMI Paddle and Portage and the Callie Rohr Memorial Canoe races. But what I plan to do now is beyond my wildest dreams. I plan to paddle with a purpose and help my mom and others who have breast cancer.
My Dad is here to help me in my preparation. We have been paddling all summer together. Now it is time to pick a large event that will help us achieve our goal of bringing awareness to finding a cure.
We have decided to look at a couple of the Watertribe Challenges coming up in March 2008. We have permission from the race director "Chief" to participate and use his venue to promote breast cancer awareness.
We are looking at the Ultra Marathon ( 67 miles) or the Everglades Challenge (305 miles) See the website for all the details.
I plan on circulating a pledge sheet at school and asking for donations. I do not have a specific dollar amount in mind. I just hope people see how difficult this challenge will be and support me and breast cancer awareness along the way.
You can also click on the icon to the right and make a difference too! It's free and supported by The Breast Cancer Site network of sponsors.
This weekend my Dad and I are going over to paddle in the Kruger Challenge. 100 miles in 24 hours. The Challenge is on the Big Manistee River.
Wish us luck!!


Silbs said...

Good for you. Nice blog. It is much better than your daddy's :)

Dawn (aka SandyBottom) said...

Welcome to the Tribe. To persue adventure while giving back will leave you with a sense of even bigger accomplishment. And to play with Dad will be moments you'll treasure.

TommyG said...


Took a look at your blog and what you're planning. We, the Grows, are very proud of you. We'll be praying for you and your dad this weekend and will see what we can do to help. All our best.

Amy said...

Way to go Marissa!! You are a strong, wonderful young lady who WILL make a difference.
Dave, Sam, Grace and I will be cheering you on from a distance. We are looking forward to supporting you with a pledge also (but Icouldn't figure out how to do it. Maybe your dad could send me an email about it.)
Love you tons sweet baby,