Kayaking for a Cause

breast cancer paddle   This month, October, marks my one year anniversary when I had the mastectomy….it is also ironically, breast cancer awareness month.

In honor of my journey, and women who have gone through similar journeys, those we have lost, and all we honor, I led the first Paddle Breast Cancer kayak trip in Charleston.  I had hoped for 6 people…. I got 30!  They brought kayaks and rented kayaks, and donated generously to the organization of my choice, breast cancer action.

It was a magnificent day… the average temp in Charleston this time of year is about 79, we had bright sun and air temp of 88 with water temp of 80!   We took a moment to honor those we paddled for and then jumped out of our kayaks to enjoy the warm temps!

To my surprise (besides the vast number of old friends and new), Channel 2 News interviewed me and the owner of Sea Kayak Carolina who co-sponsored the event.  Thanks to their support and involvement, it was a huge success.

We hope to hold the 2nd annual next October… and maybe, there won’t need to be a 3rd.

Next year, I want to see if we can run concurrent geographic locations of this event…how cool would that be?!

So to all that have attended and will attend, my heartfelt appreciation for your genorousity, kindness and participation in our first event.  I am so thrilled to still be here to see this happen!

Namaste,

  

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and the beat goes on…..

And the Beat Goes on…. This Sunday I lead my first paddle to help fight breast cancer.  wow.. 17 people signed up for the paddle!  I’m so honored to have that experience.  Proceeds go to Breast Cancer Action (bcaction.org/) which is one of the few ‘pure’ breast cancer organizations that don’t subscribe to ‘pinkwashing’ to build sales and marketing, but use the $ for good.

My eye is still problematic, and I need to see an opthamologist at some point soon, but we have a friend in town that we are teaching kayak surfing and rolling, so that will wait til after Monday.

I’m also working on fighting my osteopenia by running/walking at least 3x/week and adding weight bearing exercises… next year’s bone density scan will prove or disprove my efforts.

I wish all my friends could join me on my breast cancer paddle, but I know you’re all with me in spirit,

Namaste my friends,

 

 

 

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