We are officially wrapping up our 2013 programs season! Although it is sad to see such an amazing year come to a close, this also means we get to look back on all of the amazing times we had here at First Descents in 2013. Whether we were kayaking the magnificent rivers in Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Massachusetts or Patagonia; Surfing the smooth swells of California, North Carolina or Bali; Climbing massive rock walls in Utah or New York, all of our programs provided a special healing only gained by “Out Living It” First Descents style.
It isn’t healing of the body. There are no needles, hospitals, chemicals or radiation; only nature, challenges, and Family. It is healing of the soul. And while every one of our participants gains something a little different from their experience, they all come away with a new lease on who they are and what they can accomplish!
We are proud to say, this year 423 young adult survivors and fighters attended a First Descents program at over 36 week-long and weekend programs. Here are a few testimonials from this year’s programs season.
“While this sounds completely insane, knowing what I now know about FD, if three years ago someone had given me the choice between 1) cancer AND First Descents OR 2) no cancer, no FD, I would have chosen #1, hands down.” -FD2 Participant
“FD has made such a difference in my daily life. I feel like I am not alone in the world and that I have something to work towards, aspire to and look forward to. I even feel like I have something to give to other young adults with cancer whereas before I just avoided them. I don’t know of any other group of people who get to have such an awesome experience available to them and I feel so blessed to be a part of FD.” FD2 Participant
Thank You to everyone who has supported First Descents this year and all years. More importantly, THANK YOU to our amazing Young Adult survivors and fighters for accepting the challenge to kayak, climb and surf beyond your diagnoses. We stand with you in giving cancer the Big Middle Finger!
We will be using this section of the newsletter during programs season to give you a better glimpse into FD in action- monthly updates on program highlights and photos. We hope this lets you stay connected and experience FD just a little bit over the web.
With Love and High Fives,
2013 First Descents Programs Team
Uncle Pete, Crash, Wildflower and Fruit Boots