BENEFITING: MT DESERT ISLAND YMCA
The Benefactor: Cancer Survivors thru the LiveStrong at the MDI Y Program
LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a free 12 week research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health. The program provides a safe and supportive environment for cancer survivors to regain their physical, emotional, and spiritual strength.
This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their "new normal". The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease.
By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body. Contact Becky Carroll for more information on the program at 288-3511.
The Method: Hike 25 miles and 5 mountains over 4000 feet, (even though one isn't on the official list) in 3 days with full packs
The Goal: Raise $5000
The Challenge: only 4 weeks to get fit
The Team: 2 hikers, 1 trainer, 2 Directors, 1 dog sitter
(The hike includes the Franconia Brook Trail and others and is in the Pemigewasset River area. It will include at least 4 of the NH 4000 footers: Galehead, South Twin, Mount Bond, and West Bond and Mount Guyot which isn’t listed as one of the NH 4000 footers even though it's actually over 4000 feet tall. We may include Owls Head, depending on time, but it's on another loop hike and would add approx another 11 miles to the trip.)
THE BACK STORY
THE BACK STORY:
As with many things in life this didn't start out to be what it has become, a fundraiser for a really good cause. Yeah, I know, their all really good causes, or most of them are anyway, but this one truly is.
The short story is my friend Jim and I were intent on doing another multi-day back packing trip after a very rewarding and exhausting but injury free hike in Baxter State Park up Katahdin two years ago. Unfortunately we missed last year but we got together the other night and in short order, thanks to Jim's advance reading, chose a 25 mile loop hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire that included four of the "4000 footers" and a fifth that isn't on the "official" list. We then picked a date and quickly realized that we both better get started on the oft repeated mantra of the middle age man "I got to get back in shape", and round is not the shape neither of us have in mind. So the next day, water bottle in hand I was off to the "Y", where I knew I could at least get started on the treadmill while Jim set out on his bike.
It was during this first "workout" (and I use that term loosely), that I first started thinking "if we're going to do this hike anyway, maybe we can use it to raise a little money for some good cause. People love to get behind a good cause so why not." hmm, but who, what, how, where? OY! At about this time, 15 minutes or so on the mill and I'm already starting to breath harder, I had another thought that I really only have about 4 weeks and I could use some help getting this "not getting any younger body" ready for the trip. The idea that I could simply lace up my boots, toss a 40 pound pack on my back and head out the door was not in the plan. It was then that I had one of those "ah ha" moments which considering where I was, at the Y, shouldn't have been much of an "ah ha" but it was anyway. I thought the Y could probably use a little financial help and they have people who can help me train, perfect! From there it was a brief conversation with Alan, the Y's Director, who enthusiastically said "yes", and that he thought the "LiveStrong at the Y" would be the perfect program to benefit. He said he would talk with Doreen, Member Relations Director and Becky Carroll, Healthy Living Director and call me next week. Over the weekend I hadn't had time to give it much thought as I had Dance to help put on Saturday night (another story) and a stock car race on Sunday (yet another story), but on Monday had an impromptu meeting with Doreen and Becky. They filled me in on what "Livestrong at the Y" was about, how it provides free membership and support services to cancer survivors and their families in our community, how successful it has been but unfortunately how the program was now broke and couldn't afford to continue.
I know there are lots of orginizations that raise money for cancer research and treatment and they are absolutely necessary, but this was something different and I was immediately on board. We talked a little more and Doreen said she would talk with Tom Reeve, the Development Director about putting up a crowd source site and the next thing I knew we had a team and a purpose aside from just taking a hike. Only thing left to do, was tell Jim. Yeah, I sort of forgot to mention it to him, but knowing Jim and his family, I figured he'd be on board, and I was right.
So here we are, asking for your help in raising some money for a really good cause. Any amount will be greatly appreciated, and annonomous is fine. Unlike other crowd funding events, we're not offering anything in return for your donation, aside from the good karma and the knowledge that you helped some people who need it. If you're not able to help financially, you can show your support by liking us on Facebook and shareing it to your FB page so that others may see it and make a donation. We all thank you very much for whatever help you're able to give.