Saturday, August 2, 2008

kayak for a cure


this morning we left the house bright and early to drive to columbus to participate in the kayak for a cure ms fundraiser. what a glorious day! the above shot of early-morning kayakers greeted us when we arrived at alum creek state park beach.


about 40 kayakers participated in the 3 hour paddle.



these are our kayaks -- king for him and queen for me. hee hee
here we are shortly before the big launch!


these 2 young men inspired me so much today. mark, on the left and the founder of kayak for a cure, not only has a dream for making the world a better place but is willing to work long hours to ensure it comes true. you've got to admire someone who takes that one small step that could lead to great things. ken, on the right, organized the columbus event today as a dedication to his dad who was diagnosed with ms in 1993. his goal was to raise $10,000 and we fell short by less than $500. ken's heartfelt dedication to a cause inspired and humbled me so much! donations can still be made to this cause by clicking on the link here and then going to the columbus, ohio link to make a donation.


here is a big part of the group returning to shore after a fun time of recreation and fellowship. some of the young people in this group had never met ken or mark before. they saw the invitation to participate in the event at their local gym and pitched right in to raise money and further the fight to find a cure for ms. wow! i never cease to be amazed by the overwhelmingly giving spirit of mankind.

we came home tired and sunburnt but filled with the resolve to do more to better this wonderful world. thanks, mark and ken, for the inspiration, the dedication and your awesome giving spirits!!

16 comments:

farmerjulie said...

wonderful event!! great photos as well!

Julie

Strider said...

Sounds like you guys had a great time. I'd like to kayak sometime...but I assume it takes some skill. Have a great Sunday.

willow said...

What a wonderful day for a worthy cause. Fun pix! :)

quaint handmade said...

you guys look wonderful and your pics are lovely! i envy your ability to kayak and take pics at the same time ;). i'd love to try it, someday.

we have a family friend whose 20-year old daughter was just diagnosed with ms and she's not doing so well.

the fundraiser looks like it was great way to raise funds. thanks from her to you for participating.

Auburn Kat said...

That looks like SO much fun! Plus, it's for a great cause!!!

Mmm said...

Sorry Julie, but there is no way I'm going to kayak ever. the thought of turning over freaks me out! Enjoy.

nanatrish said...

What fun! I love your bright colors on your kayaks. That's neat that you were doing it for such a worthy cause too. I always enjoy your art and blog.

Strider said...

Hey Julie, Check out my blog for Tuesday. I tagged you if you are interested. If not, no big deal. Strider

painted fish studio said...

how wonderful. we've got walk, bike, and rollerblade for the cure here, but i've never heard of kayak for a cure... what fun, and such a great cause!

THE CHARM SCHOOL DROPOUT said...

What a great fundraiser. It looked like a beautiful day too.

Megan Coyle said...

That's wonderful that you were a part of this

Donna said...

What a wonderful day and a great fundraiser.

Donna

Jackie said...

I'm sure this will give rise to a lovely kayak collage!

Ginger said...

This looks like a blast. Love the King and Queen stickers. I've been meaning to put one on my boat, but can't decide on a name for her.

Connie said...

That is awesome!!! Beautiful photos!

Peace & Love.

Sarah said...

What a wonderful fundraiser. For a good cause and a fun time doing it.
Sarah
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