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Human Powered Potential

 

Inspired to endure.

California to Hawaii

June 2024

Miles on the journey

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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.

  • Total Matched Donation Amount: 84% 84%

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.

 

About the journey

Keep Up With Us.

The team are landing TOMORROW MORNING! The official ETA will be announced later today by @worlds.toughest.row - but in the meantime it's worth taking a look at the plan! 👀
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The crew will approach the island of Kauaʻi from the North East, skirting along the north shore of the island, keeping sufficient distance to keep out of the onshore breaking waves, before hooking a left into Hanalei Bay. 👇
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The finish line is an imaginary line between the Hanalei Bay Pier and the opposite side of the bay. At this point the race clock stops and the team's crossing time will be recorded. ⏱️
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Just before they cross the line, the @World.Toughest.Row team will begin the LIVE STREAM! This will be broadcast on the Worlds Toughest Row YouTube page. 📹
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The guys will row over to the pier and towards the beach on the south side of the pier, once they're in the shallows, they'll jump off the boat in to the water, and wade to shore. 🏖️
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If you're on the island it would be GREAT to see you on the beach to help celebrate these heroes, and watch them make their first steps on land. If you can't make it to the island, join the live stream on YouTube! Prepare for tears! 🥹
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Remember, ALL donations to @michaeljfoxorg will be TRIPLE MATCHED, meaning your $25 is worth $100 to the charity! Donate today at https://give.michaeljfox.org/event/2023-human-powered-potential/e468428 (link in bio) 🙏
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#worldstoughestrow #pacific2024 #oceanrowing #extremesports #pacific #parkinsons #mjffoundation #mjfcharitablefoundation #parkinsonsdisease #parkinsonsawareness #poweroverpd #teamfox #inspiredtoendure @TeamFoxMJFF

The team are landing TOMORROW MORNING! The official ETA will be announced later today by @worlds.toughest.row - but in the meantime it's worth taking a look at the plan! 👀 • The crew will approach the island of Kauaʻi from the North East, skirting along the north shore of the island, keeping sufficient distance to keep out of the onshore breaking waves, before hooking a left into Hanalei Bay. 👇 • The finish line is an imaginary line between the Hanalei Bay Pier and the opposite side of the bay. At this point the race clock stops and the team's crossing time will be recorded. ⏱️ • Just before they cross the line, the @World.Toughest.Row team will begin the LIVE STREAM! This will be broadcast on the Worlds Toughest Row YouTube page. 📹 • The guys will row over to the pier and towards the beach on the south side of the pier, once they're in the shallows, they'll jump off the boat in to the water, and wade to shore. 🏖️ • If you're on the island it would be GREAT to see you on the beach to help celebrate these heroes, and watch them make their first steps on land. If you can't make it to the island, join the live stream on YouTube! Prepare for tears! 🥹 • Remember, ALL donations to @michaeljfoxorg will be TRIPLE MATCHED, meaning your $25 is worth $100 to the charity! Donate today at https://give.michaeljfox.org/event/2023-human-powered-potential/e468428 (link in bio) 🙏 • #worldstoughestrow #pacific2024 #oceanrowing #extremesports #pacific #parkinsons #mjffoundation #mjfcharitablefoundation #parkinsonsdisease #parkinsonsawareness #poweroverpd #teamfox #inspiredtoendure @TeamFoxMJFF

For the final few days of the row the team have been highlighting friends of theirs that have Parkinson's and how those people have inspired them. Today, the whole team is highlighting the very same person...Ellen De La Cruz. 🙌
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Ellen ( @h20mom ) was diagnosed with Parkinson's in September 2020 - as with many people, her condition went undiagnosed for a considerable amount of time. She thought she had some nerve damaged from a fall down the stairs. The diagnosis caught her off guard, she found herself in an unfamiliar world. 😯
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Much like Pat, after an initial period of adjustment, she faced it head on - and again like Pat, she found solace in the ocean. Swimming in the sea gave her real happiness, she felt like she left her Parkinson's on the shore whilst she was in the water, and when she returned to shore she would walk with a limp, but also a smile. 🙂
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Recently she attempted to SWIM(!!) across the English Channel, and this incredible act has inspired every single member of team Human Powered Potential. 🙌
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For a dose of inspiration, have a look at her website www.swimmingtobeatparkinsons.com 🌐
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In the meantime, the team are drawing ever closer to Kauaʻi - it's getting VERY exciting!! 🤩
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NOTE: This went out yesterday on Facebook, but for some reason the Instagram upload didn't make it, so it's posted here a day late.
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Remember, ALL donations to @michaeljfoxorg will be TRIPLE MATCHED, meaning your $25 is worth $100 to the charity! Donate today at https://give.michaeljfox.org/.../2023-human.../e468428 🙏
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#worldstoughestrow #pacific2024 #oceanrowing #extremesports #pacific #parkinsons #mjffoundation #mjfcharitablefoundation #parkinsonsdisease #parkinsonsawareness #poweroverpd #teamfox #inspiredtoendure @teamfoxmjff

For the final few days of the row the team have been highlighting friends of theirs that have Parkinson's and how those people have inspired them. Today, the whole team is highlighting the very same person...Ellen De La Cruz. 🙌 • Ellen ( @h20mom ) was diagnosed with Parkinson's in September 2020 - as with many people, her condition went undiagnosed for a considerable amount of time. She thought she had some nerve damaged from a fall down the stairs. The diagnosis caught her off guard, she found herself in an unfamiliar world. 😯 • Much like Pat, after an initial period of adjustment, she faced it head on - and again like Pat, she found solace in the ocean. Swimming in the sea gave her real happiness, she felt like she left her Parkinson's on the shore whilst she was in the water, and when she returned to shore she would walk with a limp, but also a smile. 🙂 • Recently she attempted to SWIM(!!) across the English Channel, and this incredible act has inspired every single member of team Human Powered Potential. 🙌 • For a dose of inspiration, have a look at her website www.swimmingtobeatparkinsons.com 🌐 • In the meantime, the team are drawing ever closer to Kauaʻi - it's getting VERY exciting!! 🤩 • NOTE: This went out yesterday on Facebook, but for some reason the Instagram upload didn't make it, so it's posted here a day late. • Remember, ALL donations to @michaeljfoxorg will be TRIPLE MATCHED, meaning your $25 is worth $100 to the charity! Donate today at https://give.michaeljfox.org/.../2023-human.../e468428 🙏 • #worldstoughestrow #pacific2024 #oceanrowing #extremesports #pacific #parkinsons #mjffoundation #mjfcharitablefoundation #parkinsonsdisease #parkinsonsawareness #poweroverpd #teamfox #inspiredtoendure @teamfoxmjff

"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."

-Rumi

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