“The trip of a lifetime for 18 adult cancer survivors at any point in their cancer journey. This 6-day/5-night adventure provides the unique opportunity to meet and bond with other survivors while rafting and camping on the Main Salmon River in the Frank Church Wilderness in Idaho. Strangers quickly become friends as adventurers raft by day, share dutch oven meals on sandy beaches, chat by the campfire in the evening, and sleep under the stars along riverbanks that are only accessible by watercraft.
The 2021 lottery draw will be held on April 1st and the 1st round of selected participants will be notified and given the opportunity to hold their spot. All of the campsites have sand, uneven terrain, and some rocky areas where participants access the river. The ability to self-ambulate and maintain balance with minimal assistance is mandatory for this extended-day River Adventure.
“It was a fabulous confirmation that cancer has not taken away my ability to be out in the natural world, to enjoy the outdoors and so many activities that bring joy to my life. And that I am not too old a dog to learn a new trick or two.”
- No rafting/camping experience necessary
- All camping gear including sleeping bag, tent and life vest supplied
- The adventure program is free but does require a $60 registration fee
- Medical release from your physician required to participate
The 2021 6-Day Salmon River Adventure is funded in part by a grant through Cancer Connection of Idaho and the Idaho Community Foundation
The 2021 trip has been named the Diane Fouts Memorial Adventure in memory of alumni Diane Fouts. Diane passed away in January 2020 from cancer and donated the funds to ensure this trip happens through her estate. Diane carried a bottle of sand from the Salmon River with her until the end.