Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cold Pack Classic 2008

Photo courtesy of Dave Chun Kialoa Paddles

Jessie displays the "Race to Heal" decal and the highly recognizable pink ribbon on her OC 1 outrigger canoe. Jessie is competing in the Cold Pack Classic OC 1 canoe race right were my Dad used to live when he was in Hawaii.

I have only been to Hawaii once. I don't remember my visit cause I was only 9 months old at the time.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Race to Heal

Photo Courtesy of Na Leo Hoe Wa'a
Notice the pink canoe in the swell? We are working with our sponsor Kialoa Paddles and being introduced to others who are paddling for a cure. Their cause "Race to Heal" is a team of women who paddle to bring awareness around breast cancer in Hawaii.

Jamie Kinard and Jessie Eames. Check them out at http://naleohoewaa.honadvblogs.com/.

Goals include using outrigger canoe paddling as a means of raising cancer awareness within the community, specifically the Native Hawaiian community. Also "Race to Heal" promoting the Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program at the Women’s Health Center at Queen’s Medical Center.
We are getting their "Race to Heal" decals for our cruiser. - Hey Dad, maybe a trip to Hawaii to train! :-)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Two take on the challenge.

Hannah Grow -Wisconsin River 2007

It's official! Hannah and Boo will team up to compete in the Missouri 340 Canoe Kayak Race on August 4-9, 2009. 340 miles from Kansas City to St. Charles, Mo.. Their goal; raising awareness around breast cancer and the need to find a cure.

They are no strangers to adventure paddling or each other, both have participated in the Hardcore Adventure Camp becoming great friends and paddling partners over the years. It just makes sense that they would be in this next adventure together.

It was exciting news to hear back from Scott the race director. In a collaborative effort we have put together a safety plan to insure an adventurous and safe trip down the Missouri River. No special accommodations will be made,though maintaining safety is paramount. The two will compete in the women's tandem class adhering to all rules and expectations of all participants.

Thank you to Jenny Kruger and Mark Przedwojewski for arranging the use of a Kruger Cruiser for the girls to train and compete in. We appreciate this generous offer.

Another big thanks to Mark for his continuing support of assisting us in finding a cure. Mark as in the Everglades Challenge has offered to paddle alongside the girls in the MR340 acting as a safety boat and videographer of their journey. Not to be left out of the action, the dads will be in a cruiser as well following the action and cheering them on.

Let the training and preparation begin!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Sponsor - Kialoa Paddles

My dad and I are moving forward in our preparation for the Missouri 340 this summer. Less then 30 days till registration opens and 6 months before the challenge. This will be our big event promoting breast cancer awareness for 2009.

We have acquired a new sponsor for raising awareness for breast cancer research - Kialoa Paddles. It's pretty exciting when people are believing in what you are doing. My Dad said they are going to custom build a paddle for me with a narrow shaft and blade for long distance paddling. :-)

Kialoa Paddles have been supporting research for skin cancer through the Skin Cancer Foundation and also have a paddle scholarship available to any youth through their website.

So as we move forward and raise awareness for breast cancer research, we bring on another sponsor for 2009. Presently Kruger canoes is supplying us with a Kruger Cruiser and Kialoa Paddles is supplying us with a set of custom paddles. How cool is that!

Remember to click on the partners to the right of your screen and become part of the cure!! Oh Dad! A Kialoa paddle in a dogs mouth! It's a sign!!

Thanks for tuning in - Boo