Kayaking to Inspire Health was a fantastic day! I felt the energies of all who supported me—relying upon them especially on the way back when the mid-day winds picked up and made the water more choppy—and I made it all the way (4.5 nautical miles, or ~8km, about 1hr 15min in each direction). This paddling adventure supported a fundraiser for InspireHealth Integrative Cancer Care Centre in BC. A group of about 30 kayakers and 20 stand-up paddle boarders descended on Vancouver’s Jericho Beach in Kitsilano on a sunny Sunday morning and paddled to Third Beach in Stanley Park, supported in spirit and with funds by hundreds of generous donors and friends.
My friend and breast cancer mentor, Cathy, joined Maggie’s Way Team in person. We made “the cat” our team mascot, in honour of all the cat lovers who supported us. I was glad to have such an experience paddler at my side, keeping a watchful eye over my weakened strokes, and adding the proverbial wind to my sails when the wind gusts and choppy waters threatened to sink my spirits on our return. I thought also about everyone who I knew was thinking about me, sending me their energies, and cheering me on from afar—and I drew on their strength to support me in mine. Of course I had the option to rope up with Cathy or one of the event guides if I really needed it, but it felt good to challenge myself a little and to feel the strength of my well-wishers support my own paddling experience from over-night kayaking trips around the West Coast of BC from days gone by.
The food throughout the day was superb: handmade raw chocolate and oat balls for snacks, and BBQ’d to perfection salmon, delicious veggie skewers, and colourful coleslaw, Japanese and beetroot salads for lunch. I can hardly believe how hungry I was—even more than usual!
Both Cathy and I won raffle prizes, and I look forward to my first shiatsu massage.
And Cheers! to all of my supportive donors for making me the #1 fundraiser for this Paddle with InspireHealth event, and for winning me a gigantic gift basket from SPUD.ca, Vancouver’s organic grocery home delivery. It was too big and heavy to bring it back home on my bike, so thanks to Cathy for hand delivering it to me!
Together, the 12 of us fundraising on Maggie’s Way Team contributed $730 to programs offered at InspireHealth. On the day of the event, we had over $27,000 raised for this year’s Vancouver event. Donations can be made throughout the year, and Paddle with InspireHealth events are also taking place in Victoria and Kelowna, where InspireHealth currently has two regional Centres.
The rest of Sunday, I spent vegging out on my couch, applying various lotions, savouring my bounty, recalling the moving tales of all the inspiring people whom I had met during the day, and being grateful for all the support that ebbs and flows in my life when needed.
I am thrilled to have kayaked once again—and to know that a number of people on their cancer journeys will directly benefit at InspireHealth because I said “yes” to this adventure!
Thank you for saying “yes” with me, with your funds and your spirits.