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12 Team River Runner Veterans Participate in California River Quest!

“The California River Quest today announced that it completed its inaugural event over Memorial Day weekend. The event drew 120 paddlers from nine U.S. states (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Vermont and Washington) as well as from Canada and the United Kingdom. Participants ranged in age from 23 to 75 and included a group of 12 wounded veterans from Team River Runner, who paddled the 100-mile course as a relay team. Paddlers’ crafts included kayaks, canoes, surskis, outrigger canoes, standup and prone paddleboards. “

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Spotlight on TRR Chattanooga

Elaine Gossett is Chattanooga’s Therapeutic Recreation Division program coordinator with her mighty assistant Michelle Brickey. Elaine has been facilitating veteran kayaking services since 2014 and has seen more than 600 veterans since its activation.

“We built Team River Runner with support from the city and sponsorship from Tennessee Valley Canoe Club. They’ve been a big help for TRR,” Elaine said.

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TRR Fort Collins X Noonday Collection

The Philanthrocapitalists at “Noonday Collection” jewelry and accessories are creating a legacy of global entrepreneurs. You might think of your next jewelry purchase as simply finding a unique item to accessorize your fashion. But at “Noonday Collection” — the world’s largest fair-trade certified jewelry and accessory company — every piece of jewelry represents an entrepreneur around the globe.

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First Paddle Fest at Lake of Egypt a Success!

“Borth is an Air Force veteran. She was stationed in California, doing structural maintenance on B-52 and KC-135 aircraft, during the Persian Gulf War.

As a young woman, she began to experience lapses in her vision that puzzled her. She became unable to see traffic lights and other little things, she said.

Years later, as her vision deteriorated, she was diagnosed with early onset macular degeneration, a rare condition in which the eye loses light-sensing nerve tissue.

Today she still has some peripheral vision, but her sight is extremely limited.

Yet, she remains an active athlete just as she was in high school, partly thanks to Team River Runner, a national nonprofit that helps veterans and their families enjoy adaptive water sports.

“It feels really good to be with other vets,” Borth said. “We understand each other a little bit. Understand the challenges.” “

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Army veteran from Illinois defies odds after losing leg, eyesight

This weekend, we mark Veterans Day in the United States. It’s a day to honor those who serve our country and protect our interests around the world.

There are millions of stories of sacrifice among our military members.

Brian Harris is one of those stories.

The Chicago native and Dolton resident served in the U.S. Army for eight years. He said what he learned during that time helped prepare him for the challenges he faces today after losing his leg in 2012 and then his eyesight. Disabilities haven’t slowed him down. In fact, it’s hard to keep up with him.

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Grand Canyon Trip – Craig Larcenaire

What an amazing trip with such inspirational people. We have all learned and grown so much on our 12 day expedition on the Colorado River. It was especially inspiring to see how well everyone worked together, both on and off the water. Our five vision team kayakers paddled some huge whitewater rapids and hiked some beautiful canyons. I am humbled by their attitude and motivation to keep moving and conquer new challenges. I am truly blessed to be a part of this adventure.

-Craig Larcenaire

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