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Canoe for a Cause

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A long time friend of mine and I plan to set out on a 2,552 miles excursion down the Mississippi river in late June. Our trip with go from the headwaters of MN, to the salty gulf in LA. In all it should take roughly 2-2.5 months to complete. We originally planned to construct our own cedar strip canoe. We have a good friend that builds them as a hobby and he has been teaching us how to do it over the past few months and we have helped him build some of his. Building a canoe like this takes a lot of time and patience though and free time was hard to come by with work, organizing a trip, and raising money donations. To our surprise our mentor offered us one of his first canoes he ever built for our trip, it just needed a little TLC. We happily agreed. :)

We aren't just doing it though for the sake of adventure, but also as a way to raise awareness of a silent killer known as pulmonary embolism. My mother lost her life, unexpectedly, to a PE last June while asleep in her bed. Losing her with absolutley no notice was the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with. We plan to raise money that will be donated to the Mayo Clinic's research department in MN. We are being sponsored $1.00 per mile from various business's, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and strangers, hoping to reach our goal of $2,552.



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