Tuesday, June 21, 2011

2011 Donation Letter

Dear friends and family:

The “3 Dudes” return…On July 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm, Jeff, Kevin and David Moore will begin a 100 mile paddling race down the Kansas River that will start in Manhattan, Kansas and end in Lawrence, Kansas. Because of the indefinite postponement of the 2011 MR340, due to treacherous high water on the Missouri River, we have chosen to utilize the Kansas River race, “The Kawnivore 100”, as our flagship race of the year. We will again have the dedicated support of our dad, David and his brother, Steve on the ground supplying food and water at the checkpoints. Our steed for the 2010 MR340 has been replaced by a sleeker, lighter, and faster boat that will be named, “The Kathy Lou II”. Our training picked up in the early winter months of 2011 and has continued along the flood filled waters around St. Louis. This year we chose to enter the Gas 60, a 60 mile race on the Gasconade, where we placed 10th overall and the Meramec River Marathon, a 22 mile race on the Meramec River as training runs for the big race.
We have decided to participate in this race as a tribute to our late mother, Kathy Moore, and her battle with colon cancer. Kathy was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2005. Following surgery and a long chemotherapy program, mom was thought to be free of cancer. However, one year later, she was again diagnosed with colon cancer and quickly began a new round of treatment that proved to be ineffective against the aggressive disease. Mom died June 30, 2007 and is survived by her loving father, Ben Bowdon, her husband of 32 years, three sons, one daughter-in-law, two beautiful granddaughters and one super cute grandson (definitely a Moore!).
The 3 Dudes have teamed up with the Susan Cohan Kasdas Colon Cancer Foundation (LINK)to help raise money for colon cancer awareness and research. “Susie’s Cause” was founded as a way to help stop this disease from affecting more families. As the second leading cause of cancer death, colon cancer incidents can be drastically reduced through early detection screenings. It is our mission to further Susie’s Cause.
Over the months of training, we have been documenting our experience through various social media outlets. The most in-depth source can be found at our blog, http://3dudesinacanoe.org, where we have posted pictures and videos of the training events. This outlet has allowed us to continue our networking base through which we can get the colon cancer screening message out. This site can be used by all to monitor our progress during our training as well as during the race.
We are asking our friends and family to help us raise money through the Susan Cohan Kasdas Colon Cancer Foundation in memory of our beloved mother Kathy. This can be accomplished simply by clicking the link (if you are reading this on the internet) and providing your information on their secured donation page. Please use the “In Memory” function so that we can track the total amount raised for this event.
It is through this challenging event that we pay tribute to our late mother and help educate others in the fight against this preventable yet deadly disease. A donation towards prevention education is an investment in helping to save a loved one or yourself. While those of us who knew Kathy have already suffered and continue to suffer her loss, being able to save others from this hardship is absolutely worth the blisters and sore muscles we will endure in our epic adventure. So, as we paddle along this race and through our daily lives, we will always remember how lucky we were to have had a mother like Kathy and how fortunate we are to have such overwhelmingly supportive friends and family. Sincerely,
3 Dudes: Jeff, Kevin and David Moore

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