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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Brain Disorders, Cancer, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Health, Health Support

Mission: River adventures for cancer survivors that promote healing and strengthen the mind, body and spirit

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Adult adventure program - whitewater rafting week provided free to adult cancer survivors. Promotes self-confidence and esteem, physical fitness and good nutrition to improve survival rates and quality of life

1 day survivor and co-survivor program for survivors that promotes physical fitness and eating habits for both the survivor and co-survivor

3 day survivor and co-survivor program for survivors that promotes physical fitness and eating habits for both the survivor and co-survivor

kayak and stand-up paddle board programs for survivors that promote physical fitness for the survivor

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar