Saturday, July 30, 2011
Cruising for the Cure
I am on the board of directors for Cruising for the Cure, a classic wooden boat show to benefit pancreatic cancer research.
I don't know much about boats. I know I like to take photographs of them. I am not a boat geek like the other board members of CFTC. Truth be told I get nauseous if I sit in the back seat of a car. That has gotten worse after cancer, and even though I grew up 10 minutes away from a lake I only learned how to swim about 5 or 6 years ago.
I don't think I told the other board members about that...
I have been involved with this organization for 3 years now. I love to go out and advocate in public. I love to see where, in even a small way, I have made a difference.
The boat show came at a perfect time for me. I have written extensively about my battle with depression. If my friends haven't read this blog they don't know how hard it has been in the last couple of weeks. I am not sure why that is, stress of everyday life. Maybe because I started a second job to help pay the bills. Either way it has been a rough few weeks.
We had a silent auction on Friday, and the boat show/parade was on Saturday. Both days were picture perfect. The last 2 years I didn't ride in the parade, I didn't have any dramamine, and I would rather not get sick in a classic wooden boat. This year I bought some in the hopes I would be able to ride.
And I did.
I was introduced to Suzie and Bob Davies who own the boat Tango. Suzie is on the board of directors for a local cancer charity. It was a good fit.
We cruised around all of Torch Lake in the parade. It felt great to be outside in the sun, with the wind in my hair and the occasionally splash of water from the lake.
I understood why Jane Thie loved boats, and why she loved that lake.
If every cancer survivor could experience that feeling, that would be awesome.
A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable. ~William Wordsworth
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