“People always think that when you have cancer, it means you are strong because you just... have it. And really you are just going about your day-to-day life just trying to survive. There really is not any bravery or strength in it. And I think... that I decided to come on this trip, because I was looking for something to really make me feel strong.” - Joanna "Sporty Spice"
First Descents is a non-profit that provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (ages 18-39) impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions (like Multiple Sclerosis).
This past summer, thirteen participants—all impacted by cancer—took a leap of faith and traveled to the fabled Blackfoot River in Montana. First Descents' programs are by their very nature a special experience for participants, but this one was extra special.
The generous property owners at Cliffs Ranch offered a spectacular piece of their property right on the Blackfoot River. The only wrinkle? Facilities had not been constructed on the ranch.
In order to make this program happen, we erected a mobile program on the ranch with self sustaining RVs for the participants. Most of these participants had never been to Montana, been on a river, stayed in an RV, or sat in a whitewater kayak. But they were all up for the adventure.
Each participant had their own reason for attending.