Info about the 2016 event is at this page:
The 17th Annual Big River Walk and Paddle
The info below is for last year’s 15th Annual Big River Walk and Paddle for Cancer
The positive energy was palpable Saturday at Big River State Park, though the morning was wet. There were runners, walkers, paddle boarders, an outrigger, dogs, strollers, families, teams, and cancer survivors. Altogether we were 167 people, and there to show solidarity with people who have faced cancer.
CRC’s Executive Director Sara O’Donnell began with our traditional Honoring and Remembrance Ceremony. In memory of those lost, Sara led participants in a tribute at the banks of Big River. Sprigs of rosemary, representing remembrance, strength, and endurance, were gently placed on the surface of the water, to ebb and flow with the tides.
A beautiful double rainbow appeared in the west, and we set off on our walk. Ava Mortier, 12 years old, of Redwood Valley, lead the group on the Big River Haul Road. The Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department lead the paddle up Big River on their jet skis.
Immediately, the rain came, but spirits remained high. The rain stopped as suddenly as it started. The clouds opened up to reveal a clear, blue sky. Runners and walkers did a 3K loop (about two miles).
Once all returned, Sara presented the Awards. We had great prizes this year, donated by our ever-generous local businesses. The Biggest Team Award, along with a $100 Gift Certificate to Frankie’s, went to the Jaguars, the Mendocino K-8 Girl’s Volleyball Team. They had 22 members, including some proud moms! The Most Memorable Participant Award went to Ava Mortier, our walk leader.
Sara presented our Pledge Gatherer Awards. Our 3rd Place Pledge Gatherer, who also won our Youngest Pledge Gatherer Award, Hana Zeramby, 13, a student at the Mendocino K-8 School, collected $600 in Pledges. And in 2nd Place was Crystal Prairie, of Fort Bragg, who collected $1,155 in Pledges.
Coming in 1st Place for Most Pledges Gathered was longtime supporter Kathy Orsi, of Fort Bragg, who gathered $3,600 in Pledges. She won our Grand Prize, a Custom Trek Mountain Bike generously donated by the Stanford Inn’s Catch a Canoe and Bicycles, Too. All told, the fundraiser netted over $17,000.
The Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for those in Mendocino County faced with cancer. We provide support services, counseling, and advocacy to our clients, at no cost to them. Next year will mark 20 years that we have been in Mendocino County providing these necessary services to people facing cancer in our community.
We always need your support. Call us at 937-3833, or visit our website, crcmendocino.org , to learn more about how you can help us achieve our vision that no one in Mendocino County face cancer alone.
A big thanks to our Sponsors!
We’d like to thank our wonderful Sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible!
~ Platinum Sponsor ~
~ Gold Sponsor ~
~ Silver Sponsors ~
~ Bronze Sponsors ~
THE MOUNTANOS FAMILY FOUNDATION
~ Event Supporters ~
Seascape Realty, Inc.