1,000 Miles for Autism
In the dead of winter, I embarked on a 1000-mile canoe journey that would connect two of America’s great rivers—the Missouri and the Mississippi. “River of Hope” follows me down these rivers as I face freezing water, blizzards, massive barges, and hallucinations. These brutal conditions forced me to confront my innermost fears in an environment filled with danger. As though these challenges were not big enough, I also used the voyage as a platform to raise awareness for autism—a disorder that dwells close to home.
“River of Hope” is a story of grandiose dreams and humility at the hands of nature. Along the way, I explore the history and culture of these rivers, and I discovered unexpected parallels between the struggles of my adventure and the struggles of those who live with autism.
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