Periodically we like to spotlight organizations we think are doing innovative and important work, today we'd like to introduce First Descents.
First Descents is committed to curing young adults of the emotional effects of cancer and empowering them to regain control of their lives by experiencing whitewater kayaking and other challenging adventure sports in a safe, fun and supportive environment. Having met a number of past participants, I can safely say that not only do they create bonds with each other that last well past the trip but the confidence they gain from conquering these physical challenges resonates into all areas of their lives. Founded by professional kayaker Brad Ludden in 2000, the orgranization has served more than 600 young adults with cancer. Today they run nine programs in six states all of them free of charge to participants.
For more information please visit: www.firstdescents.org/