July 22, 2010

"EPIC WISH" Recipient #1 - Josh Kennison!

Thanks to the support we received from all of you (through numerous high 5's and even more high "$$5's") we are excited & proud to announce our first "Epic Wish" recipient, Josh Kennison.

The "Epic Man" journey was (and will continue to be) about achieving goals, providing (and taking) inspiration from friends and strangers, and ultimately about striving to BE all things EPIC.

Our goal in raising money to grant "Epic Wishes" partnering with The Sisters Wish, was to find those individuals that have their own Epic goals or story to tell, and be able to provide them with the inspiration and means to accomplish their own "Epic Man" – so they can in turn inspire others to BE EPIC, being the EPIC individuals that they are.

Plain and simple, Josh Kennison is Epic. Josh Kennison is a quadruple congenital amputee (meaning he was born without feet or arms below the elbow). Josh has not let that slow him down one bit - his long list of personal accomplishments to date, and his personal goals for the future are noble and inspiring to say the least.

When we asked Josh - "what is your Epic Man?" His idea and goal was to ride a bike from his home in South Paris, ME to Camp No Limits (where he is a counselor) in Rome, ME for the start of one of the summer sessions. Camp No Limits is a non-profit organization providing camps that mentor and support children with limb loss.

South Paris, ME to Rome, ME is approximately 65 miles! This will no doubt be one EPIC journey! The first step in granting Josh's EPIC WISH was to outfit him with a killer new bike that would allow him to make the long trek. During the weekend of July 11 & 12 we sent Josh to Lake Placid, NY to pick out a bike from Placid Planet Bikes and work with Jeff Erenstone at Mountain Orthodic & Prosthetic Services to custom fit a bike for him.

Check out a few of the pictures of Josh on his trip with the new ride! (Photo Credits: Jeff Erenstone)

Next up: Josh is currently training for the bike ride. Will and Seth are training as well, and will be making the trek from South Paris,ME to Rome,ME with Josh on August 3rd. Awaiting our arrival at Camp No Limits will be all of the new campers who will no doubt be inspired to "BE EPIC" themselves through Josh's recent (and future) accomplishments!

Stay tuned to our FACEBOOK PAGE for updates on the new bike, the training, and the 65 mile ride that will complete Josh's EPIC WISH!

July 2, 2010

Epic Man 2010: Boston to..........San Fran?!

The Volcano in Iceland didnt allow us to carry out the original plan to head right to Europe and run the London Marathon. Instead, we got a couple hours of sleep, woke up the next morning and started searching for marathons around the world. We almost went to Peru, Brazil, Madrid, Costa Rica, and even Iceland - but finally landed on San Francisco. A great host city for the 2nd leg of Epic Man 2010. With no plan but to run a marathon the next Sunday, here is a quick photo recap of what went down:

Boston T card-->Red Sox Game-->Airline ticket-->SF Train ticket-->Mojito
Crashed with Ed and Lisa. Ed ran the marathon with us and killed it.
Did our fair share of partying leading up to the marathon (Those are not our coats)
Went and checked out Mavericks Surf. Status = epic
Went for a sailing Race in SF Bay. Seth almost fell off the boat
Skydiving? You won't do it.........
Skydiving and then Wine Tasting in Napa- opposites attract
Morning of the marathon!
Marin County Marathon & EPIC MAN 2010 DONE.
2 hours after Marathon Finish....Giants Game!
Tattoos. This is Will's leg.
Seth's tattoo goes a little something like this:

Epic Man 2010: Portland to Boston

Be sure to check out photos of the Portland to Boston journey below:
Michael Young: Stop Down Fire (click for link)
Peter Thomas: Warehouse Graphics (click for link)