DAY 7 - Journal Entry
August 13, 2004
Monica McGahey, K4C Kayaker
Seven days ago I started this
adventure with 19 other paddlers and 10 plus ground
support members. I was one of the new members
and was meeting many of the group for the first
time. Now on our last day I have many new friends
and I marvel at the planning and organization
that goes into this great fundraiser. Everyone
helped each other in and out of their kayaks &
Liam was there to get the weeds off my rudder.
The ground crew always had a great lunch waiting
around the bend and was there to cheer you on
for those last few meters at the end of the day.
Today started out with lots
of laughter at our leader Kevin’s expense
as he tried to get out of his tent which somehow
during the night the zippers had been tied closed.
While there is some horseplay and lots of fun
everyone has their own personal reasons for doing
the trip. The handwritten names on the t-shirts
are a very telling message; a brother, a father,
an aunt, a grandparent, etc.
For myself it has been the
challenge of doing the trip after 30 years in
nursing the memory of so many patients; the young
single mother, the retired major, but not only
for those who has lost their fight but also for
those who come back to the ward to say 'hi' a
year or two after their treatment. Research and
new discoveries are helping to increase the number
7 - Journal Entry #2
George Tsarouhas, K4C Kayaker
In the early hours of
the morning our leader Kevin had tremendous difficulty
getting out of his tent when nature called. It
seemed that there was a zipper “malfunction”
and almost had to use Johnny and Papa Ron’s
method of night time bathroom facilities. Finally
after an hour he managed to escape with his dignity
As the sun rose and
the crew was enjoying sleeping in (as pre-negotiated
with the Tilley Farts), two kayakers (one who
was completely innocent) also had to deal with
tent malfunctions and a trailer that somehow moved
to the front of their tent. What a way to wake
From a first time kayaker,
the day started off on a lower than usual note
when we realized that Parks Canada was unable
to reach a settlement with the Rideau Canal officials
and we decided as a group that the best solution
was to pull out at our lunch destination, Hurst
The mood was quiet
as we pulled out of our campsite, as people were
somber thinking of loved ones who have been touched
by cancer and the realization that our adventure
was at the end.
Pulling into Hurst
Marina and knowing we’ve gone as far as
we were able to go, was an incredible feeling.
For me as a first-time kayaker, it was wonderful
being a part of a group that was filled with the
most loving and caring people that I had ever
met. The last 100 meters was the best feeling
that I’ve ever felt.
Thanks to “Skirt”
for being a tremendous leader. I can’t wait
till next year. Yee Haw!
7 - Journal Entry #3
Kevin Dionne, K4C Team Leader
People truly amaze me!
I began this adventure not knowing where it would
go or end up. We as a group, have made a difference.
It is not easy from February to that last day
in August. Each person digs deep, to help raise
money, get supplies or lend their support. I sit
here in my e-z chair the evening we have just
finished. I’ve had the pleasure of reading
each person’s reflection. I’ve cried,
I’ve smiled, I’ve thought of you all.
We are doing a great job for our own reasons.
I am saddened that K4C 2004 could not meet their
final destination but our sponsors including Parks
Canada and the Locks officials have been so generous
to us. My highlight, at the end of every trip
is to witness the first time kayakers hitting
downtown Ottawa. You all have so much too be proud
of. So many people sit on the sidelines and say
What if! Not you! We have done our best and as
a combined K4C group have raised well over $100,000
I cannot tell the difference
from year to year except for the different colour
of t-shirt, people come, people go but K4C is
going to be around for a long time. Papa Ron you
really do ‘ROCK’, your personality
is a gift, Mom or ‘Nana’ your quiet
strength is a gift from God. Travy, as you have
been referred too! As you stated on the water,
“Life throws you some obstacles”.
You along with your incredible mother and sister
are forever entrenched in my heart. A special
thank you goes to Donna Barnes (our little socialite)
for her endless effort to make this trip more
comfortable. You really are an incredible organizer.
Lots of love to you and family. To Micheline,
I’ve taken you down many roads, not really
knowing where they lead. My intentions are always
to make this a better place. Thanks for being
patient! To all the participants over four years
both ground and kayakers I’m not sure I
could take direction from me but you find a way.
Thank You! Georgie your story is one from a movie.
I admire your strength, even though Erin holds
you up!!! You certainly had the most highs and
lows. Look forward to your revenge. I pledge this
to all of you “we are not done”! Stay
tuned for K4C 2005, you guys are the best!