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Welcome back to our fifteenth
consecutive year of Kayaking for Cancer!
Back in 2012 I was a young girl of 14 years who joined this group of people on the kayak for cancer because I was unsure of how cancer affected people! Being on the ground crew for 3 years was a gift in itself. It gave me the opportunity to meet and get to know the entire crew fighting for a cause I felt so passionately about! This year I am proud to say I am kayaking the whole thing myself for the first time and could not be anymore excited!
Cancer is a part of everyone's lives in one way or another whether it be through a family member, a friend or even personal experiences! We have all loved and lost or persevered and survived which is why I pray to God everyday for the miracles that let my loved ones stay and for the time I got to spend with the ones I've lost!
To put myself in their shoes is unimaginable. I can never completely understand what people with cancer go through, but I can support them, and care for them and love them with all my heart! That's really the only thing we can do in situations like this!
But having known some of the people in my life who have personally been through cancer are the people I look up to! I believe that fighting cancer is one of the hardest battles to fight and I'm glad I'm on the side taking cancer down little by little! But the most beautiful people come from those who know pain, who have struggled, who have suffered and who have fought for their lives. Beautiful people don't just happen! They have an understanding of life that we could never compare ourselves to, but only sit along the sidelines and watch them at work! I'm happy to say that many of my friends and family are the most beautiful people I've ever known in my entire life! People like my uncle Pat, although not the best influence at times is my inspiration to keep moving on as well as my cousin Linda and so many more!
Having a long line of cancers in my genes such as Brain, Lung,Breast, Prostate, Ovarian, Eye, Skin,Throat, Colon and Liver in quite scary! But I must live my life the way I want because fear is only something that can slow you down! And perseverance is what gets us through the days that get tough!
Thanks to all the ones for the last 15 years who have been on the water fighting this awful disease I really appreciate you all! This is a one of a kind family!
In memory of Neil, Johnny, Helen, Frances, Betty, Cousin Michelle and and my own grandpa who had cancer and fought cancer but has since passed of other causes!
Love from, Justine Elisabeth Plummer