We were so honored to be featured on Good Day NY this morning, August 7th, 2014. Two of our incredible alumni, Tara Page and FD board member Rochelle Shoretz took the time to talk about First Descents and how it has impacted their lives in such a positive way. Thank you to them, and Good Day NY for spreading the word about First Descents and how fighters, survivors, donors, and volunteers can get involved! See the interview by clicking on the photo below.
Two weeks ago, at the United States National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC, our new friends Jonathan and Samantha Miller organized the 2010 USNWC / World Kayak Pro-AM to raise funds for First Descents. Jonathan and Samantha are avid paddlers who got wind our work and decided they wanted to do something to help our cause. We never take the effort and enthusiasm of folks like the Millers for granted, so here we offer a giant, FD-sized THANK YOU to them both.
By all accounts, it was a wet, wild day, and when all was said and done, over $1000 was raised for FD – enough to cover the entire cost of a week-long camp for one young adult survivor.
Have we died and gone to sports journalism heaven? As if this summer couldn’t get any more outrageous for FD, ESPN knocked our socks off yesterday with the publication of not one but TWO fantastic pieces about our programs.
The first is a truly thorough and vivid account of our Vail kayaking camp from July 18-23. Seriously, it’s almost like being there.
The second piece was authored by one of our beloved campers, Southpaw, who took the plunge this summer and shares how First Descents truly transformed his experience of being a survivor. His words echo so many that we have heard over the years, but we just never get tired of being reminded of the value of what we do.
Thanks from the bottom of our hearts to the folks at ESPN who are helping spread the word about FD!
We’re doing our best not to get too full of ourselves, but the fact is it’s been an incredible stretch for First Descents. Team FD and the entire program are popping up in blogs, magazines and newspapers from coast to coast. To quote our fearless leader, it’s totally sick.
Ryan Sutter continues to drum up amazing press for us with his 10-10-10 challenge, and recently a wire story covering his exploits was picked up by the Washington and San Francisco Examiners, as well as Newstimes.com. It just never gets old.
We also earned a mention from Colorado-based foodie Claire Walter over at her blog, where she reviewed the culinary magic at the FD fundraiser at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch a few weeks back. Check out the photos of the night’s cuisine at your own risk!
The good people at Highcountry Living also gave us a nice shout-out recently.
Publications large and small – we love you all and can’t thank you enough for shining a light on what we do.
First Descents madness is spreading like wildfire, and next week, there’s a rocking good time to be had in Lenoir City, TN, near Knoxville. Folk artist Jay Clark will be performing on Thursday, Aug. 26 as part of i105’s “Sounds of Summer Concert Cruise” series. The show will take place on the Watts Bar Belle Riverboat while cruising Ft. Loudon Lake. The LIMITED tickets are $20. Ticket prices include hors d’oeuvres, the cruise and the concert. A cash bar will be available for beverages. And of course, at Jay’s request, proceeds are going to FD!!
We can’t thank Jay enough for naming us as his “charity of choice” for this extremely cool gig. So, if you’re in Eastern Tennessee, check it out and support the cause while listening to some fabulous music in a gorgeous setting.
The buzz surrounding Ryan Sutter, First Descents and the 10-10-10 challenge just keeps growing! Today at 2:35 EST, Brad, Ryan, and past participant Amira Duck are going LIVE on CNN! So find a TV on your lunchbreak and tune in! This is big stuff! WOOT!
Next time you find yourself on an AirTran flight, check out the July issue of their in-flight magazine, GO, which features a great spot on First Descents and its fearless founder, Brad Ludden. Most of us here at FD are familiar with the amazing outdoor experiences to be had in Colorado year-round – kudos to GO for spotlighting the splendors of summer in our amazing home state, and giving props to Brad and his baby in the process.
See the article here: