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Claim your seat at the 12th Annual First Descents Ball on Saturday, March 24!



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The First Descents 2018 program season is now open for enrollment. 

Programs ensure individualized care, medical attention and intimate experiences with fellow survivors. First Descents programs are offered free of cost to participants.


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Hood River, OR

OPEN REGISTRATION. There will be five separate weeks of Hood River Whitewater Kayaking programs in 2018. Week 1: June 3rd – 9th…
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2018 First Descents Ball

Tickets are on sale now for the First Descents Ball!   The 12th Annual First Descents Ball will honor those who believe in the healing power of adventure and desire to help First Descents blaze new trails in the years ahead. Join us as we celebrate the achievements of First Descents and our vision to be the world leader in adventure-based…

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Are you a young adult impacted by cancer? Sign up today to experience the healing power of adventure! First Descents offers week long, local, and international adventures. Find out more about our program offerings and get started.

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Join us for a day of live music, full bellies, and supporting First Descents

High West Oyster Fest

Join Jax Fish House for High West Oyster Fest, the 18th annual Oyster Eating Competition and the 6th Annual Oyster Shucking Competition for charity!  This beloved event is the perfect Spring kick-off for friends and families to come together in a boisterous celebration of fresh food and festivities!  It'll be a day of live music, full bellies, and charitable giving.…

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A nation-wide day of climbing, community, and charity.

Climbathon 2018

Join First Descents Local Adventure Communities for a nation-wide day of climbing, community, and charity.  Your $30 donation will include all-day entry and equipment rentals at a locally partnering climbing gym.  Individuals who meet their $250 fundraising goal will sponsor one full day of adventure programming for a First Descents participant.  Join us! Who can participate?  Anyone!  First Descents alumni, friends, family members,…

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