RIVER DISCOVERY INC

Rating: 4.95 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Health, Cancer

Location: PO Box 8336 Boise ID 83707 USA

Mission: River adventures for cancer survivors that promote healing and strengthen the mind, body and spirit
Geographic areas served: United States
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EIN 20-5965547
(208) 303-0040
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a board member and volunteer for River Discovery i have had the pleasure of participating with all the staff and participants of this program. River Discovery continues to fine tune it's program, offer amazingly professional and excellent programs for cancer survivors and continues to grow each year. To see healing and growth happen in just six days of being with a group on the river is a gift for volunteers, staff and participants alike. I have seen first hand the impact this program has on all involved and am anxious to see it continue. We continue to seek partners who want to come alongside us and help us with talent as well as treasure so that lives will continue to be healed and changed.

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

i am able to be on the trips and watch as participants come together, bond, help each other, grow and overcome challenges, laugh and have fun. it is amazing what can happen in one week.

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

Let more people know about it and have the resources to offer more participants to come instead of having a waiting list.

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8 people found this review helpful

As a friend and client of Joe and Fran Tonsmeire over the years, I have been involved with River Discovery since the beginnings. It has been a rewarding experience to participate with a group of energetic, passionate people in taking an idea and turning it into a reality. There have been a few bends in the road and some starts and stops but I believe at this juncture in the journey we have an amazing program in place. I have had the privilege of being on both the teen adventures as well as the adult trips. In a short amount of time, with all the right ingredients of river, food, fun, outdoors, professional guides, nature, sun, people and program, I've seen miracles occur. I have seen friendships form, attitudes change, healing happen and confidence, hope, and strength return. I would not continue to support, participate or volunteer my time if I did not believe in what i'm doing and experience the truth of it first hand. The changes and discoveries occur for all involved, staff and participants alike. There is just nothing like it.

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

by participating in the river trips themselves and as a board member through monthly board meetings, a yearly board retreat, and other fundraising activities. Anyone who has been on a trip returns changed.

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

the creativity, tenacity and flexibility of the board to get 'er done while still having fun.

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

professional, bright, fun, committed and involved.

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

everybody on the river for years to come and continue to change lives until there is no more cancer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

From August 2005 through 2006 my husband Joe Tonsmeire was going through treatments for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. We both expereinced challenges firsthand, I am a breast cancer survivor and Joe lost his battle to cancer in March 2007. We spent many days and nights at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise, Idaho. The 4th Floor accommodated not only alults but also had a wing for children with cancer. After continually seeing these young people fighting for their battles, we couldn't help but want to do something for them. We started suppling their play room with a mosaic teacher and supplies so the kids would have something fun to look forward to. After a time we wanted to do more. We were longtime whitewater rafting outfitters and ranchers from Lemhi, Idaho. We envisioned an adventure program where participants addressed the emotional and physical challenges cancer survivors face after treatment. One thing lead to another and the organization has evolved into a river based program offer a 6-day rafting trips, one to teens and one for adults.

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

participating in the river adventures and saw first hand the amazing healaing that nature and the river has on participants. One young adult, challenged by river running, overcame not only the physical difficulty but his emotional stresses of his cancer.

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

I wanted to give some interpretation of the reason behind the founding of River Discovery.

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

seeing what a difference these river experiences make to individuals challenged with cancer. Being in nature and on the river changes their perspective of what they can do and accomplish. And it also helps them sort out what their priorities in life are.

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

incredible ~ professional, fun-loving and sincere in their concern and and desires to enable each participant to get as much as possible out of the trip.

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

change the lives of so many young people affected by cancer, helping them to cope and renew their individuality and self confidence.

Ways to make it better...

we could take more teenagers down the river.

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

finding the participant and getting their transportation to our remote location.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Serving on the board for River Discovery has been a rewarding and eye-opening experience. This relatively new organization is made up of highly motivated board members (many of whom are health professionals and experienced river guides), staff, and volunteers providing a really valuable - and fun - wilderness experience for cancer survivors. When we, as the board, have read and heard the feedback from trip participants, the therapeutic effects and joy of having participated in this outdoor experience are reflected time and again. This board puts a lot of effort into planning, policy development, and fundraising efforts to make sure that the integrity of the trips provided continues to improve. It's been a real pleasure to be able to help make this happen. And we have fun doing it!

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

seeing how the local community responds so postively to the program and the fundraising events. Folks here love the Salmon River and want to share the experience of it's beauty and wildness.

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

so very motivated and hard working as well as being really fun people. These are people who care about what they are doing and are making a difference in individual's lives. There is a lot of skill and knowledge among the staff and volunteers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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