In the Spring 2015, my younger sister noticed a lump on the head of our mother, Anne Taussig. Later that week she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. After a craniotomy, surgery, and radiation to remove the large tumor growing in her skull, our mother went through a year of medication to help manage to disease. She is currently facing her first stem cell transplant; a brave attempt to achieve a long-term remission. This year, after a tumor in his spine was found, my uncle, (my mom’s brother) Tom was also diagnosed with myeloma.
This is a pivotal time in research to find a lasting cure from which my mother, extended family, and families around the world would directly benefit. THE OBJECTIVE: To paddle a kayak (with a sail rig) from Washington State to Alaska through British Columbia’s Inside Passage to raise funds for Multiple Myeloma treatment research.
Leaving from Bellingham, WA on August 9, 2016 with the goal of taking six weeks to complete, the trip will wind its way through British Columbia’s wild maze of islands, channels, inlets, and fjords that separate the Inside Passage from the Pacific Ocean, concluding in Ketchikan, AK. Challenges could include tidal fluctuations and currents, wild animals, navigation, weather, equipment failures, and remoteness. The trip will be solo.