I just received word of an adventurous undertaking, and I would like to share it with you. John Dubina and Louis Breckenridge have formed Kayak 4 a Kure. Launching in 2007, this team of two, will kayak the entire Mississippi River from it's source to the Gulf of Mexico to raise funds for Children's Cancer Research.
Kayaking the entire Mississippi River is no easy task. Starting at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, the team will navigate the headwaters of the Mississippi River and continue to the Gulf of Mexico; traversing 2,350 Miles through 10 states. The Mississippi River is the third largest river (Behind the Amazon and Nile) and the second largest watershed area in the world (the Amazon is first), and is the primary watershed for over 40% of the United States, covering all or parts of 31 states, two Canadian Provinces, or about 1/8 of North America. Mississippi is an Ojibwa Indian word, which means "Great River" or "Gathering of Waters". And the definition is most apt.
Prior to taking on this daunting challenge, John Dubina has tackled the Caribbean by SCUBA, and now turns to kayaking. Sky diving right out of High School and skiing the slopes of New Mexico balanced out his underwater exploits. When he tried Whitewater Rafting last year he fell head over heels for it, which means he and I would get along fine if we ever met. John says: "As with everything else in life, this trip will benefit Children's Cancer Research by way of Contributions. Having a 2-year old makes me look at life under a new light, and if I have the opportunity to help other children then that is the least I could do for being blessed with a healthy child of my own." Amen!
Louis Breckenridge is an adventurer to the core, having served in the US Army and was a Special Forces Trained Soldier. He is an avid kayaker, hiker, whitewater enthusiast, outdoorsman and SCUBA certified diver. This trip is one of his dreams and he plans to carry forth many more adventures which will bring to reality his vision of being a world class adventurer while bringing awareness to various world issues from cancer to the environment.
Kayak 4 a Kure hopes to raise $500,000 in donations from individuals and companies for Children's Cancer Research. The cancer cure rate for leukemia in children has risen from 4% to over 80% at the present time. Obviously, we can do better, and with this expedition and the funds and awareness it will raise, hopefully we can get that much closer to eradicating this form of cancer that affect so many.
You can follow the progress of this expedition, now in its formative stages, at the Kayak 4 a Kure Website and the expedition's Blog. To get involved, to donate money, or for further information you may contact John and/or Louis at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . You can also phone Louis Breckenridge direct at 806-678-3762.
Thanks for reading.
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