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RIVER DISCOVERY INC
June 4, 2010

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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & co-founder.

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