Human Powered Potential


Inspired to endure.

California to Hawaii

June 2024

Miles on the journey


In June 2024, a group of four men — Brendan Cusick, Patrick Morrissey, Scott Forman and Peter Durso — will endeavor to complete the World’s Toughest Row, an ocean rowing challenge from Monterey, CA to Kauai, HI. The team, including one individual with Parkinson’s (Patrick), will be entirely self-supported as they row 24 hours a day – in intervals of two hours on, two hours off – for approximately 30-40 days. 

This group – known as Team Human Powered Potential — has set a goal of raising $28M for Parkinson’s research, in honor of the 2,800 miles they will cover.

Thanks to an anonymous donor, all funds raised will be matched 3:1.

  • Current Donation Progress: 14% 14%
  • Total Matched Donation Amount: 17% 17%

FUNDS RAISED TO DATE (including matched amount)

Fundraising Goal

Rowing To Beat Parkinson’s.

The goal of Human Powered Potential is to explore and expand our capacity for endurance — mental, physical and spiritual — while engaging in endeavors intended to test our limits. The team’s current challenge is to row across the Pacific from California to Hawaii in June 2024, as a part of the World’s Toughest Row.

Our team has more than 125 years of human-powered experience including climbs on 8000-meter peaks in the Himalaya; single-push alpine ascents in Alaska, Canada and South America; ultra-running, cycling, and skiing events; and the Race Across America (RAAM).

We are rowing to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.


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"Often the only way to know what awaits is to live it."

-Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

“Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.”

-Winston Churchill

"People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them - they went out and happened to things."

-Leonardo da Vinci

"Strength does not come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t."



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We row to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation in its fight against Parkinson’s.

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