Survive & Thrive Expeditions is dedicated to combining travel, adventure and in-depth reflection and exploration of the cancer journey into one unique life changing experience. These trips are designed for those touched by cancer to reflect, refocus and rebuild their lives… along with having an incredible once in a life time expereince with awesome people!
Frequently Asked Questions
Every year we run at least one kayaking expedition down the Owyhee River in SE Oregon and either a one week long sailing trip in the Discovery Islands/Desolation Sound, BC or a Grand Canyon Rafting Trip. However, we are always always looking to expand our program offerings and have a couple of amazing expeditions in the works!!! We have special partnerships set up with local guiding companies that facilitate the technical aspect of the various expeditions but do all the programming and facilitation ourselves.
It all depends on the level of physical challenge of the expedition and where you are in you cancer journey. For example for the kayaking expedition it is important that you have a minimum level of fitness as you need to get your kayak down the river each day. The sailing expedition and rafting expedition on the other hand, have less criteria as they are less physically demanding. The appropriateness of an expedition for a survivor will be determined on a case by case basis in collaboration with the participant and their doctor. Space on most expeditions is very limited so there is other criteria, like having previously attended a similar program with another organization, that might also be taken into account.
To sign up you must first fill out an online Application Form. Within a few days you will receive all the medical and information forms from the program coordinator and once you have these completed (including a signature from your doctor) and emailed back, you will be allowed to pay the non-refundable deposit to save your spot. Once this is done you can go ahead and book your flights. You will need to make the final trip payment before or on the first day of the expedition.
Yes! We highly encourage each survivor to bring a close supporter who has been with them throughout their cancer journey. We think it is very important to have someone from your everyday life to share the expedition experience with so that you can remind each other of the things you learned and decisions you made on the trip.
The summer expeditions can fill up very quickly when registration is opened in November. Enrollment is done on a first come, first serve basis, but due to the remoteness and physicality of the expedition, medical forms will be thoroughly reviewed and a doctors consent must be given before the survivor is accepted to come on the trip. Having said that, we believe most survivors are capable of much more then they may think they are and encourage everyone to apply… if you have the will, we will find the way!!
Participants will be required to pay or fundraise all, or a portion of their own expedition fees and travel expenses in order to come on an expedition. We really believe this creates ownership and demonstrates intent to really get the most out of the program. These trips are true wilderness expeditions where everyone in the group really depends on each other to make it to the next campsite. If participants are not fully invested there can be negative consequences to the group and to the individual and we believe that putting in the effort to raise the money to attend a trip will mean that you will put the same effort into being apart of the group on the expedition. Having said that, we do have a very limited amount of stipend money available for those who demonstrate need and we can work in a limited capacity with each survivor individually to help with fundraising.