A Great Race for a Great Cause

TheMission_PhotoGroup1_REVISED3With the holidays approaching, I want to reflect on a cause that is near and dear to my heart – it also happens to be our inspiration for the 2016 Great Pacific Race.

My friend’s son, Hadley, began suffering from hundreds of seizures a day. After months in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and exhausting every possible treatment, Hadley’s parents were informed that he had simply reached his “endurance limits” and that they should prepare for his inevitable and imminent death. Hadley, on the other hand, had other ideas. He defied the odds and survived.

Hadley’s father, Darren, founded Endurance Limits to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital as thanks for the care his son received. Ryan and I become close friends with the Endurance Limits team while competing with them in the Jungle Marathon of 2014. We are honored to have Darren, along side us at the Great Pacific Race as a team of four, representing the original Endurance Limits team.

Our goal for the 2016 Great Pacific Race is to complete the race in fewer than 45 days. This would beat both the current U.S. and global records. When I think about the amount of strength and perseverance required for children, like Hadley, our rowing challenge seems insignificant.

This is why I’m happy to share with you that all donations to Endurance Limits USA will go directly to children’s hospitals here in the US to address the urgent health needs of children who otherwise could not afford treatment.


Cheers! Erin