Sandy river paddle challenge

Saturday, June 8th, 2019


Your donations to the Sandy River Paddle Challenge will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Maybelle Clark MacDonald Fund! Take this opportunity to double your impact and support our teams!

Last year, nearly 30 of LEAP’s past participants and supporters paddled in inflatable kayaks on the Columbia Slough to raise funding for LEAP’s Flagship programs! Including matching funds, we raised $40,000 - ensuring another banner year.

2018 Paddle Challenge picture

The Paddle Challenge will return in 2019 as an annual event. Each year, we will feature one of our region’s beautiful waterways and encourage our supporters to accept the call to adventure for a good cause. On June 8th, we will paddle on the Sandy River from Dodge Park to Oxbow Park, roughly 40 minutes from Portland.

Still want to form a team? We have a few spaces left!

Visit our FAQ page for more information and contact if you’re interested!


Our paddlers are now fundraising in full-force ahead of our paddle on June 8th! All funds raised through the Paddle Challenge will be matched by the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund.

Click on a team to learn more and donate!


Team Captain: Carter Wray

Wendy Wray & sons, Ellen Urbani, Steve Gass, Elijah Hiltebrand, Randall Jenkins

"Rivers are a healing part of our physical as well as psychological ecosystems, and I hope you will enable others to experience their transformative power."


Team Captain: Courtney Cameron

Krista Solomon, Hopie White, Sam Arteaga, Clay Jackson

“I’ve spent a considerable amount of my life in the outdoors and truly understand the healing impact of the wilderness – I love that this program embraces the power of the outdoors.”


Team Captain: Josh Makepeace

Rae Nomura, Michael Nomura, Richard Alves

"I believe there is no greater feeling than being out on a river and being immersed in nature. The experience allows one to rejuvenate from the daily stresses of our typical world and reconnect with their desire for life…. Life is not a spectator's sport, and being on the river places that smack dab in your face!"

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Team Captain: James Muscarella

Peter Storms, Ronnie Cribbin, Tucker Leverton

“We’re paddling to support a great cause and have a lot of fun.”



Team Captain: Carly Gray

Cassie Little, Brian Donkersley, Geoff Stewart

“I believe nature has a unique ability to offer healing and growth and inspire us. Having worked for LEAP for part of season, I have seen how powerful running rivers in particular is for people with limited access to the outdoors.”


Want to fundraise but not sure you want to paddle with us? No problem!

Here’s how:

1. Create a campaign

Let your network know why you care about LEAP’s mission. Upload a photo of yourself and set a goal for your campaign!

2. Share your campaign

Use the easy links to share your campaign across social media and email!

3. Thank your supporters

Send a note to the people contributing to your fundraiser! A small thank you goes a long way.