Health Care Worker Programs

First Descents and the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation have teamed up to launch free outdoor adventure programs for health care workers on the COVID-19 front-lines.

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First Descents and the Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation Launch Outdoor Programs for Health Care Workers

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Standby For Adventure

Stories of adventure and community, knowing there are brighter days ahead.

“If cancer and First Descents taught me anything, it’s this: there will be times in life when I feel frozen by fear, but if I take one more step anyway I can challenge myself to do things that seemed impossible at the start.”

One More Step

Painting in Quarantine

Out Skiing Multiple Sclerosis

Challenge By Choice

Nimmo's DIY Adventure

Biking Nirvana

“That mountain represented everything I’d ever been through. I said, ‘If I can climb that, then I can do anything.’”

“There was no ‘right’ path, there was only my path. Cancer taught me how to be okay with that, and to forge ahead intentionally.”

Better Than Planet Earth

From There to Here

Getting Outside

Climb On

Brad Ludden: CNN Hero

Up From Rock Bottom

“Living with MS is like skiing down a hill—there’s uncertainty and fear but you just take one turn at a time, one day at time.”

The Story of First Descents

Finding Strength and Resilience

Out Living It Down Under

“Pushing your body and your limits after you’ve been so physically and emotionally challenged is an incredible feeling. You discover a part of yourself on the other side of that fear that you didn’t know was there.”

Queens Walks the Talk

On The Other Side

Perfectly Capable of Climbing

Choosing To Start Again

Riding the Divide

The Healing Power of Adventure

“Because of First Descents, I have looked my cancer war in the face and said “not today.'”

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Together, we’ve weathered many rapids, and through it all our community has stayed the course to continue extending the Out Living It spirit. We stand ready to provide life-changing outdoor adventures to young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions as soon as it is safe to do so. Now more than ever, your support means the world to us.

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