Let’s Show Cancer Who’s Boss – #ADVENTURE4LIFE
Man, there’s been lots of radio silence on this ‘lil blog lately. Geez louise, self.
But, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been a busy little bee these past several weeks. You see, from July 21 – July 31 I’ll be joining 24 other jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring, bodacious badasses to raise $25,000 to fund an entire week of outdoor adventure and camaraderie for cancer fighters and survivors on behalf of Epic Experience. Pretty big, huh?
And, all of this is being organized by the Master of Adventures herself, Lauren Rains of Outdoor Minded Mag. You can learn more about our mission here, as well. Seriously, check it out and prepare to be inspired.
Being able to get outside and experience everything that the outdoors have to offer is one of the most exciting things that I’m able to do on a regular basis. But, what if that all changed in an instant? Truthfully, it could, and that’s the reality that many cancer fighters and survivors have to face as they fight the good fight. It’s no longer easy to tie up your hiking boots and hit the trails. But Epic Experience wants to change that, even if its only for a week at a time.
Think about it for a second. How many people do you know who have been affected by cancer? Chances are you’ve known at least a few. My own father has already beaten cancer twice, and while he’ll shrug it off with a casual “It it what it is.” the fact that he’s already beat the odds twice is astounding to me. The fact that its so damn common is astounding to me. And while modern medicine is all fine and good (well, that’s debatable to some people) surviving and thriving is as much about a mindset as it is about medicine. Having hope, camaraderie, and yes, even adrenaline, are all important to fighting the good fight.
As for my role in all of this? My intention was to kayak the seas of Greece, with the island of Kos as my base. But, alas, I’m on Kos now, and kayaking doesn’t seem to be a “thing” here. I’ve asked around on the island and online, and have come up with nada. I can literally see the island of Kalymnos from the village I’m staying in, but no human-powered vessels are to be seen!
I have one day left on Kos, and its not looking likely that my excursion will occur here I thought about renting a bike, but the daytime heat here is, well, hot. If the beaches are hard for be to bear, I have little faith that I could manage a biking or running adventure. I know, I know… cancer fighters have to deal with far more brutal shit than a bit of heat, but I also don’t want to hurt myself on a random Greek island while I’m traveling by myself.
On Friday, I begin a short jaunt in Turkey. The journey toward Georgia and Armenia will take me through the ethereal lands of the Cappadocia region, and I feel like there are some possibilities for some pretty epic hikes.
Regardless of whatever the hell I end up doing, follow along as the 25 of us embark on adventures of EPIC proportions. Check out the #Adventure4Life hashtag as we do some crazy things from July 21 – 31st. We’ll hike, bike, SUP, run, and kayak our way through the blood, sweat, and tears. Because, quite frankly, the ability to push ourselves that way is a gift, and its one that I can’t wait to make a reality for a group of intrepid cancer ass-kickers – even if its only for a week.
And if you want to help make these intentions a reality, please consider donating to my portion of the Epic Experience fundraiser, here. Even though I’m galavanting around the globe, I want to do my part to help out this phenomenal organization. And, you can help, too!
Have any ideas for a kickass, challenging adventure that I can do in Cappadocia? (Or even on Kos, if suggested within the next few hours and I can get my act together.)