GIVE THE GIFT OF WILDERNESS

When you make the choice to give to LEAP, you're giving folks an opportunity to face their life challenges, overcome them, and move forward with their lives.

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GIVE HOPE

"The Oregon Burn Center helps people survive their injury, but we cannot give them the emotional strength as they face their everyday life in the future. What LEAP gives our patients is hope. Hope for real normalcy, and a life of adventure."

- Partner Organization Staff Member, OBC.

Hope isn't something we can taste or touch, it's not something we can hear or even see. Hope is a feeling. Hope is that fuzzy sensation inside that reminds us everything is going to be okay and that there are better days to come. Hope is the internal solitude, albeit outwardly unknown, that the challenges we face right now will be overcome, that we will endure, that we will succeed. Hope is paddling, onward. 

At LEAP we embrace hope as a key element to our success. The challenges our participants face vary in type and severity, but showing the folks we serve that they can succeed and overcome the challenges they're facing on and off the river gives them all hope. 

Hope is a powerful tool to those facing extraordinary life challenges, and you can be a force of hope to our participants. 

 

GIVE PURPOSE

"WE START OUT WITH SOME TREPIDATION. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GETTING INTO; WHY THE HELL AM I HERE? AND THEN, EVERY TIME, BY THE THIRD DAY IT'S LIKE, I KNOW WHY I'M HERE NOW." 

- LEAP Co-Founder

When tragedy strikes, be it trauma of some kind, loss, illness, or socioeconomic turmoil, we often turn to the existential question of why. Why me? Why is this happening to me? Why am I even here?

These are serious questions. Without clear answers, a pathway forward, or people to talk to, purpose can be shuffled away and replaced with fear, loathing, regret, and sorrow. 

We understand the importance of purpose at LEAP. Our program, while using the river as our metaphor for life, demonstrates to people that their purpose can be rediscovered, and even redefined, as they move down river, forever changed by extraordinary challenge but still paddling, still moving forward.

When you make the choice to give to LEAP, you are significantly contributing to a sense of purpose in all of our participants, which can lead to fruitful and impactful outcomes for those overcoming adversity.

 

GIVE SUPPORT

"you are not alone. even though you're going to be faced with whitewater in your life, you have help." 

- LEAP Co-Founder

When tragedy and trauma strike, those impacted can be left feeling alone and without knowledge of, or access to, support networks that can help them navigate the trials that accompany adversity; Furthermore, significant life challenges can break one's trust in support systems that are present. At LEAP we understand necessity of not just support systems, but trust in that support from the populations we serve, As participants traverse the waters of our multi-day program, they realize through experience that they have help. Our guides commitment to providing guidance and assistance throughout the program leave participants in a place where they can begin to embrace support systems once more, or for the first time. 

                                     When you give to LEAP, you're giving a participant a chance to receive support, seek it out, or trust it again. 

 

GIVE life

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"the river smells like life, it is alive, traveling the world as i do. traveling the course, never knowing what is ahead, but knowing it must go on."

- LEAP Participant, Oregon Burn Center

 

The river, like life, if full of challenges you can overcome. The ebb and flow of a river presents us with moments of tranquility, beauty, awe, and adversity as we paddle on. The one constant, resonant with our lives as well as the water, is that it moves. Sometimes slow, sometimes quickly, and others seemingly not at all, our lives mirror the trajectory of a river. When you give to LEAP, you're giving life to folks who are paddling their own river. 

 

GIVE UNDERSTANDING

"i brought back compassion, understanding. i brought back, i'm still viable and still rich for society to harvest all that i have to offer. i'm still all i was; it just took the trip to realize that my physical being has changed but i'm still me."

- LEAP Participant, Oregon Burn Center

 

GIVE A HELPING HAND

"THE IDEA THAT WE ALL HAVE TO FACE THE THINGS THAT ARE THROWN OUR WAY, AND CHOOSE TO TAKE THEM ON, AT THE END OF THE DAY THERE ARE A LOT OF CHALLENGES WE FACE THAT WE HAVE TO CONFRONT. WE CAN EITHER CONFRONT THEM GOING BACKWARDS AGAINST OUR WILL OR TURN AROUND, FIND THE BEST LINE AND PADDLE THROUGH IT."

- LEAP Co-Founder