My friends and I were doing a take 2 of The Trashboat Regatta this year. My touring partner Brian and I had made a homemade boat for under $100 that we towed to the river with our bicycles for the race. As we were launching, there was some buzz at Kaw Point about a swimmer that was coming. Dave Cornthwaite was aiming to be a 1000 mile swimmer down the lower Missouri River. This is expedition 7 of his goal of 25 human powered expeditions to raise money for cancer.
Our boat was already launched when he swam into town and we had a lot of navigational difficulties with our one oar, backwards boat, and a caboose that kept turning around backwards. So we choose not to paddle back to the boat ramp. But I got excited that night thinking about a conference I was attending the next day that was right on the river. I posted on Dave’s 1000 mile swimmer Facebook page to come by the conference and he did!
He climbed on up out of the river, and met the 60 people at our conference who were thrilled to meet him. It turned out that many of them were cancer survivors and it made their day to meet a cancer fundraising 1000 mile swimmer working for them.
Here is an awesome video of him talking to the people from Regina Holliday’s Walking Gallery. This is an exhibit of patient advocates who wear their patient advocacy story on their backs during policy meetings.