Kayak 4 a Kure

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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 john@kayak4akure.com and louis@kayak4akure.com or breck79118@yahoo.com . You can also phone Louis Breckenridge direct at 806-678-3762.

Thanks for reading.

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Shelly said...

Now that is a worthy cause! And I don't envy their trek. I'm glad you posted this!

April 14, 2006 3:53 PM
Anonymous said...

On the quest and decided to stop by.

April 14, 2006 6:27 PM
Mr. Fabulous said...

A very worthy cause, indeed. Finding a cure is very important to me. The blood center I work for also does marrow collection, and we are always stoked when we find a match for a needy patient.

On another note, thank you for you help in identifying those flags. I should have known a man of the world such as yourself would solve the mystery for me!

April 14, 2006 7:17 PM
Shelly said...

You called, I answered -- after my wonderful bath in which I used some of Steph's bath salts. :o)

April 14, 2006 7:22 PM
Anonymous said...

A worthy cause and thanks for posting. I will be interested following the trek and their adventures. I will pass this info on to others.

April 15, 2006 12:26 AM
Anonymous said...

Definitely a worthwhile cause. Thank you for telling us about it. It also sounds like an amazing adventure - I can't wait to watch the documentary that they will make of the trip.

BTW - Thanks for being a great tenant. :)

April 15, 2006 4:33 AM
Michele said...

Wow matt sounds like a hell of an adventure.

April 15, 2006 11:47 AM
breck79118 said...

Thank you so much for your help in spreading the word about our cause. This expedition is very important to all of us. We also will be taking a child that has cancer along with us on a portion of the trip...to help make a dream come true.
Please...If any of you out there could help to spread the word, volunteer, contribute, or tell a paddle group what we are doing; we would be most grateful.
I post post some updates so everyone can see how things are going for Kayak 4 a Kure.
You can contact me at breck79118@yahoo.com for any questions.

April 15, 2006 9:42 PM
breck79118 said...

Kayak 4 a Kure has officially partnered with the Children's Cancer Research Fund...on of all days...GOOD FRIDAY! How is that for awesome news.

Hiro Anan, Director/Producer, has joined Kayak 4 a Kure and will be filming and producing the documentary of our expedition. Execellent exposure for those of you that may wish to participate.

More later....


April 18, 2006 2:21 PM
breck79118 said...

Awesome news today....Amarillo, TX

Amarillo Independent School District has chosen to partner with us and bring our cause and expedition to the classrooms of all elementary children in our area.
National contacts are being approached at this time to bring the program nationwide.
If you would like more information about bringing this program to your school or child's school contact us...breck79118@yhaoo.com

More later folks,

April 20, 2006 3:19 PM
breck79118 said...

Kayak 4 a Kure address for contributions. We are a nonprofit corporation, so donations are tax deductable.

Kayak 4 a Kure
P.O. Box 20434
Amarillo, TX 79114

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


April 27, 2006 2:04 PM

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