Soar across the US in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
I’ve flown Hang Gliders for over 30 years, making real the early childhood dream in my Scottish homeland to fly over the land with my own wings. I fly competitively and have been on the US and UK national teams at World and European competitions with around a dozen podium medals and a half dozen World Records for cross country distance flying. This year I wanted to do something quite different than routine competition and with a few of my flying friends, Larry, Rick and Glen, we conceived the X-Flight… The X-Flight journey will start from the shores of the Gulf Coast around June 23rd and we will execute our motor-less flight in daily stages till we reach the Canadian border some 1,600 miles away sometime in July. We hope to cover 50-150 miles and will be airborne for 5-10 hours each day, flying at altitudes of up to 15,000 feet over the ground. The challenge of covering such a distance with only the wind and a 70lb Hang Glider is unique and will take our best flying, good weather and persistence to complete !
In planning this year’s Gulf Coast to Canada X-Flight, we wanted to bring additional purpose to this Hang Gliding expedition. We are therefore proud to partner with the Susan G. Komen Houston and support their cause of raising Breast Cancer awareness and action. For myself it is also personal - I lost my mother to the disease when I was 13 and have since had other family members and dear friends that have been victims of this dreadful disease. My story is one of millions for a disease that knows no boundaries in where and how it affects lives around us. With 1 in 8 women affected during their lifetime, most everyone will know someone that has been affected.
Meanwhile, the fight against breast cancer is one of hope and action and not hopelessness. The Susan Komen organization enables breast cancer education, screening, treatment, support and research. They have since 1982 partnered with sporting events and challenges as part of the greater “Race for the Cure”, tapping the same inspirational spirit of optimism, proactivity, resilience and stamina that is seen across the affected community. There is a goal of halving the number of US breast cancer deaths within 10 years - a very worthy challenge and with help I think it is an achievable goal. For myself, I absolutely support that goal and am proud to wear the pink ribbon and encourage broader community support for the cause as we attempt to fly the hundreds of miles across half the continent in X-Flight.
Follow our flights over Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana with daily photo and live video updates on our X-Flight Facebook page. And please support the Susan G. Komen Houston organization through this web page and by letting others know of X-Flight and our proud partnership.
You can make a donation online with your credit card by clicking the button above my fundraising thermometer.
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