HOLY-SchMOLY . . . it's over and we did it!!
My father has been my paddling partner for a long time; admittedly, I have a hard time feeling comfortable in a boat with anyone else. In fact, the first time I went canoeing with my husband, we ended up stuck on a rock while I knelt in the bottom of the boat crying for my father (I was 25 years old!). So, when the crazy thought of attempting to complete Yukon River Quest entered my mind this past summer, my father was the obvious choice for a partner.
Although my dad might argue that from now until June 30th, our lives should consist of nothing but canoeing, that is not going to happen! I am a 27-year old pharmacist who works at a local publishing company in Hudson, Ohio. We produce various drug information and medical resources; I write the toxicology content as well as endocrinology and general drug content. Luckily, I have co-workers who are interested in my crazy quest and tolerate my weekly reports on the status of our training and fund raising efforts.
In addition to supportive co-workers, I have an amazing husband, Jayson, who will be joining us next summer in the Yukon as the Fabian half of our support crew. My mother, Debbie, will comprise the Morgan half. Jayson and I live in Madison, Ohio with our two dogs (Rocky and Hannah) and two cats (Ray Charles and Gandhi).
In addition to canoeing, I am an avid snowboarder and love doing anything outside (except raking leaves...can't stand it!).
Jayson works in his family's business at Brittany Residential, a company that owns supportive living homes for adults with developmental disabilities. It was this connection that led my dad and I to choose the Bonnie Schindler Summer Camp Endowment Fund as the charity that would help motivate us to complete this race. The residents at Brittany are like an extended family to the Fabians and I have seen first-hand how camp week is the highlight of the year for many of these individuals. I am grateful that my dad and I are able to raise money for a cause that will directly benefit individuals we know and that we can personally witness the fruits of our labor.
Thank you for taking an interest in this insane journey and thank you for considering making a donation to the Schindler Foundation. Hopefully, you will be following our progress all the way to the end of the race in Dawson City!
Yukon River Quest . . .
. . . here we come! -- erin