As many of you may know, Lee (aka Mom) and her husband Joe are AVID river runners. They began rafting in 1992 and have never looked back. They love the rivers of the southwest, and their real love is the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. They have run in with friends family, a one boat solo winter trip, and Joe even works for a commercial river company (Tour West) during the summer leading trips.
The Grand Canyon is a awe inspiring, challenging, teaching place no matter how you experience. But to spend several weeks traveling from start to finish, living on the river without phones, computers, etc. is fairly transformative. That's why, when we heard about Grand Canyon Warriors, we knew we had to help.
Grand Canyon Warriors is an amazing trip being sponsored by members of the Grand Canyon River Runners Association; and it's purpose is provide a Grand Canyon rafting trip for active duty wounded warriors.
Their site says:
"Brave Americans in the prime of their lives, physically strong and mentally tough, left their homes and answered the call to duty. Far too many of them have returned home from combat physically disabled and mentally scarred. These “Wounded Warriors” face a long and sometimes lonely period of recovery and readjustment. As they heal and learn to cope with their disabilities they need our support and reassurance. Each of our armed services has established special units for recovering warriors where wounded service members learn to use artificial limbs, navigate without sight, or cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. These brave Americans all need our help, and the Grand Canyon River Runners believe we know a perfect way to provide it. The Grand Canyon River Runners Association is a non-profit group that works to preserve public access to the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. All of our members have experienced the challenges and enjoyed the wonders of a trip through the heart of America’s most famous National Park. Many of them have described the trip as a “life-changing” experience. We believe that this is exactly what the trip will be for our wounded warriors".
They are taking their first trip this year, and will be providing this experience for 25 U.S. Marines--covering the cost of their trip, all meals, transportation as well as specific equipment and military medical personal they will need to make this trip possible. Grand Canyon River Runners is a non-profit organization, and they are looking for donations to help make this trip a reality for these very deserving Marines. Their fundraising effort is not affiliated with any other charitable organization using the name ‘Wounded Warrior,” and 100% of all proceeds will go towards trip costs. We are proud to support this organization, and you better believe each of those Marines will have their own jar of Mom's Stuff to keep their skin in good working condition on the trip.
Please consider supporting this trip, and these most deserving veterans, with a tax-deductible contribution:
On-Line at: www.gcriverrunners.org
Or mail a check to: GCRRA Grand Canyon Warriors Trip P.O. Box 20013 Sedona, AZ 86341-20013
If a group or organization would like to assist with our fundraising efforts, they can sponsor a veteran for $3500.
Please direct inquiries to: Hank Detering HankD461@aol.com 610-869-3631