A SPIRITUAL MESSAGE RECEIVED BY TWO SKOKOMISH WOMEN WHILE SPEAKING OF CANCER CHAMPIONS SEEN IN MANY VILLAGES.
MESSAGE: WATER IS TSCHUDUB (MEDICINE) .. THE ANSWER CAME…. PADDLE FOR THE BATTLE AGAINST CANCER!
PADDLE FOR THE BATTLE AGAINST CANCER
In 2013, we established volunteers that wanted to battle against cancer. The volunteers came from neighbor tribes of Skokomish. Individuals that were battling cancer, or lost loved ones from cancer; were uniting to honor those in the past, present and future in a powerful traditional manner to bring prayer, education, awareness, and outreach to our People from all communities.
The canoes that register with a goal $500 fee, or less if they cannot meet the goal. Pledges and fees are turned in to meet the next year’s goal of $25,000 expenses. The expenses include to host up to 400 people: Food, Gas cards for harvesters/hunters, beverages, escort boats, head cook, 15 cook helpers, speakers, chair and table rentals, instant tents, raffle items, many free incentives for all that attend, stipends for set up and break down crew, 40 Pendleton Blankets to honor the Cancer Champions, Native Cancer Awareness T-Shirts for all children and adult sizes, Event Coordinator. The costs are at a minimal with the Pendleton blankets being the highest expense to meet. We find that we have many forms of cancer amongst us and we are proud of those that step forward with their stories. Our youngest Cancer Champion this year was a 9 year old girl that had cancer of the eyes at birth. She is blind and outgoing. She had a Royalty Seat in the River Road Canoe.
We request that each canoe have a Cancer Champion in a Royalty Seat of their canoe. The Cancer Champion is the person that requests permission to land. They give a brief story of their cancer journey. At the event’s open mike session, other Cancer Champions share their story. We no longer whisper the word “cancer”. We challenge it by sharing the golden wisdom of Cancer Champions. Get Screened! Follow through! Eat wisely!
We hear of the struggles with insurance, transportation, lodging, home care and pain.
We do this because the federal government cannot approve prayers from the Native Spiritual Houses of Tschudub, Smokehouse, Sweathouse and Bible churches; or the singing, drumming, dancing and stories that do not compliment the system. This event celebrates with our Cancer Champions and more return every year.
Please consider supporting this event that is designed to uplift families in a traditional and cultural way. Thank you.
To help raise awareness, on July 31st, NHTSA is engaging in an all-day social media conversation designed to inform the public about the dangers that heatstroke can pose to kids left in cars. Every 30 minutes, starting at 7 a.m. ET, the agency will be using the hashtags #heatstrokekills and #checkforbaby on all of its social media posts. To learn more visit nhtsa.gov/heatstroke.
Mr. D’s retirement bash
Even though it’s pay-at-the-door please RSVP so we can make sure there’s enough food for everyone! Pepper Jack’s would like a count – so even if you’re considering going please let us know. There are cards at both the High School and Elementary offices to sign.
This Friday, June 15 – 6:30 pm – Pepper Jack’s
Lake Roosevelt High School
Athletic Director Secretary
505 Crest Drive
Coulee Dam, WA 99116
509-633-1442 OR 509-631-1403