And now Michele Baldwin, our daughter, is on the last river of her life, her Buddhist journey. And even doing that, as she says "actively dying", she is continuing her message to all women: "end this disease. Get tested. Get a Pap today if you haven't." A filmmaker is here making her center of his film about HPV. Honor her by telling others. Please pray for her in your own way, or send her good thoughts for this journey. She's our hero. Ruth, her mother
Paddleboarding On The Ganga
This is michele! whew, mostly I rest in bed now. i can eat only frozen juice and ice chips, no food now for a week or so. somehow i am managing to stay hydrated and conscious. my closest friends, Jax from Flagstaff, and Lisa from San Clemente have become my 24 hour home nurses. Dee is in charge of Audrey's homeschooling. Thank God for them and my family that surrounds me. The last weeks was busy with an excellent film here shooting a major documentary on HPV, its going to be a wonderful movie that brings this disease to light. Nikki Gregg, Paddler of the year came for a wonderful visit.
Thank you for following my life and expedition, it means the world to me!
ONE WOMAN, ONE RIVER, ONE CAUSE
Expedition Leader: Michele Baldwin, single mother of 3, river guide, paramedic student, passionate Stand Up ULI Paddleboarder, Buddhist, 45 yrs old. Has incurable, untreatable cervical cancer. Lives in New Mexico, USA
The River: The Sacred Ganga River in India, from the base of the Himalayas in Rishikesh to the holy city of Varanasi, 700 miles.
The Cause: To raise awareness of and a goal of $100,000 in funds to treat and prevent cervical cancer in India in collaboration with the Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer (www.giahc.org)
Filmmakers: With two decades of experience in biography through print, photography, and film, Nat Stone's lifelong passion for travel on water, from open-ocean passages to months-long, complete river descents, now leads down Ganga.
When: October 17 – November 24, 2011
How: Initial expedition funding from private grants, ULI