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Welcome back to our fourteenth
consecutive year of Kayaking for Cancer!
The second day of our journey began with a beautiful morning and sunny skies that continued straight through to our lunch at Seeley's Bay. We were once again treated to a delicious meal and greeted by the smiling faces of our ground crew. Even though it is only my second year as part of this amazing experience, I already feel warm and welcome in this established group of veteran paddlers and crew. After lunch, we tackled an up hill portage which was made easy by all of the helping hands and teamwork. There is always someone waiting to help you out of your kayak and then to also help you carry it and get back in the water. Throughout the even sunnier afternoon, we made our way into Davis locks, where we are now.
As I sit here looking at the reflection of the trees in the calm water and listen to the waterfall hitting the rocks, I feel more peaceful than I have in months. This year the meaning of this trip hits close to home for me as my dad was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer just one month after we got off the water last year. September 13th is a day that I will never forget. He has gone through two awake brain surgeries, radiation and chemo and continues to amaze me everyday with his strength. Unfortunately his tumour has already grown back once and will keep coming back. Cancer is such a difficult thing to come to terms with...it's been the hardest year of my life without a doubt, and I know that I am just one of many that are affected by this disease.
Being on the water and being able to appreciate the beauty around me has been therapeutic, but more than that it has been being able to share my story with others who have had their lives completely turned around by cancer. The support and camaraderie of this group is unbelievable and I am so grateful to be part of it. Thanks to Kevin for starting this adventure, thanks to everyone who makes it happen, and a special thank you to all those who have chatted with me on the water this year about my dad and for the hugs and kind words.
As I start my paddle today, I will be looking down at the poster on the front of my kayak filled with pictures of my dad and I will continue to hope and dream of a day when cancer will be beaten once and for all. Although I wish there was more I could do, this year it's all for you dad and because I know mom will read this to you, I love you!! Keep fighting, you are doing amazing and you are my hero!