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July 21, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
July 21, 2010

I have served as medical director since the inception of River Discovery, and have participated in the Teen River trip the past two years. This is the most unique "Cancer Camp" experience that I am aware of. It is a true wilderness high adventure on the beautiful Salmon River, with all the challenges and opportunity for growth that this entails. This allows for individual and group growth through challenging outdoor physical encounters. Any other "cancer camp" that I'm aware of involves a fairly regimented activity schedule, and usually is based out of a central "camp" where campers stay in cabins. On River Discovery the camps are in a different spot along the river each night, with daily opportunities to navigate new whitewater rapids, swim, hike, climb, rappel, star gaze and so much more!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having the time away with these kids in a different environment is an unparalleled experience, and helps to expand our doctor-patient relationship in positive ways. It also rejuvenates me, and allows me to “recharge my batteries” for the year.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the unique nature of the river trip, which sets this apart from all other "cancer camps".

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Top notch. These are the best in their field.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide the unparalleled experience for cancer patients in perpetuity.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 22, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 22, 2010

I was recruited by a friend and colleague to volunteer as a nurse practitioner and mental health professioal for the adult trip in September 2009. Having written my Master's research project on the therapeutic effects of wilderness, I expected a good experience. The reality was, however, so much better that I had imagined. I felt kind of guilty by the end of the trip for having had such a good time! I felt personally renewed and reinvigorated, as if the windows of my mind, body and soul had just been opened to a refreshing breeze. I felt calm and alert and happy to be alive! The guides' expertise is blended with such a sense of fun that it is possible to truly and deeply relax at the same time that you are challenged by the river setting, knowing you are safe in their hands. We floated whitewater and flatwater, swam, hiked, fished, climbed, soaked in hot springs, laughed, ate great food, talked around the campfire and slept under the stars. I saw the participants come alive as they tried out new skills like paddling kayaks, or as they enjoyed well loved hobbies like photography. I saw them compare their scars from treatment and talk about losing their hair. I saw them face down what scared them and helped each other do the same. I saw them emerge victorious! It was beautiful and truly inspiring and I felt so grateful to be a part of it that I joined the Board to help make this experience possible for more people.

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I still feel great when I remember the September trip. II also enjoy offering this experience to cancer survivors. Serving on the Board has brought me in contact with a dedicated group of people who want to make a real difference in the lives of others.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We would like to provide this experience to as many people as possible. We want to grow the program and spread the word!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to combine the incomparable beauty of the Main Salmon River and the fun of a river trip with an experience that leaves everyone, guides, volunteers and participants, feeling stronger and more confident in themselves.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, professional, capable, fun-loving.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

At a time when global weather patterns make the great outdoors look like a threatening environment, we could help people rediscover their innate connection to the natural world and their ability to benefit from being in it, and desire to protect it.

Ways to make it better...

I'd like to see as many people as possible enjoy these trips, with no empty slots.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Growing the program and getting the word out.

One thing I'd also say is that...

One of the most beautiful elements of a river trip is the sense of community that develops over the week. There are numerous parallels to everyday life, and one of them is that helping one another get down the river is a great way to live.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 11, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 11, 2010

Great people, great program leaders and an unbelievably beautiful and serene setting to clear your head, soak in the sun and see what adventures come from new friends and one of the best river canyons in Idaho. So much better than you'd ever imagine!

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I've seen the shine in participants faces after 5 relaxing days on the river. I can feel it myself. There is truly no better place to find peace and beauty. After my dad, Joe, passed away from cancer I want to share this the way he always did.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Hearing the personal stories of trails of being sick, how each found strength and seeing each embrace the river canyon. The enthusiasm and appreciation of participants is unmatched.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The kind of people that have infectious enthusiasm. They really care deeply about these goals and helping others heal from the trails of being sick.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Sponsor 10,000 cancer survivors for a life changing experience in the beautiful Idaho backcountry.

Ways to make it better...

no idea.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting the word out that these trips are as challenging, easy and relaxing as you chose. Such an opportunity for healing and adventure!

One thing I'd also say is that...

My dad would be proud of the energy and care people have donated to this cause. Thanks so much to everyone involved. Amy Tonsmeire

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 22, 2010

River Discovery is a wonderful organization. They provide emotional as well as physical healing to cancer survivors. I have volunteered several times, and it warms my heart to watch their courageous clients receive a warm welcome, and a fundamentally life changing experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by watching the improved outlook that clients have after participating in their journey on the river. Client feedback is gratifying to hear, their experiences means so much to them. They are examples of strength that I admire.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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