Two Fox Valley residents, Aaron Drendel and Jake Mullins, from Batavia, IL are paddling the length of the Mississippi River in their canoe to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer. As of the day I’m writing this, they have travelled 1494 miles down the river after starting at the head waters of Lake Itasca, MN. The total for their planned trip is 2,320mi.
According to The Kane County Chronicle’s article on them this week, they have braved bears, tornados, poison ivy and, as they near the Gulf of Mexico, they are concerned that the Oil Spill in the Gulf will prevent them from completing their trip 100 miles south of New Orleans. Their Canoe for the Cure Blog states that the BP Oil Spill has begun to impact Lake Pontchartrain just north of New Orleans. Aaron and Jake are currently ahead of schedule by nearly a week, planning to reach the Big Easy on July 17th where they will find out if they are able to continue their paddle down the delta.
The boys were inspired to attempt this test of endurance by Aaron’s mother, Missy Scardina, who is a breast cancer survivor. Missy is in her 3rd year of remission. Aaron and Jake are raising funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and have already raised over $5,000 to fight Breast Cancer.
If you would like to follow their journey or donate visit their Blog at:
- The Amateur