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Old 03-21-2011, 02:37 PM
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As several of you know, I have been working on thsi for some time, but here is a little background. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer about 11 years ago (it started with a tiny unsuspicious "mini-lump" on the mammogram), and has been cancer free for 6. My wife and I had a scare a few years back, but after they did an outpatient surgery for a biopsy, we got the clear. Scared the chit out of us, though. So, fast forward a few years. I bought a BatBoat, and somewhere between picking it up on the east coast, and home (in Iowa), I came up with teh idea of a breast cancer awareness theme. I pitched a couple of hospitals, and went with the one that could give us the best pltaform to spread the word about early detection. In fact the name of the boat is StLukesEarlyDetection.com. We will have an autograph card with a pic and boat details on one side, and information about early detection on the back. I am not looking to cure cancer, but I am looking to take something that we love (boating), and try to beat down something that we hate (cancer). Yearly mams will save lives!

mptrimshop on OSO lives over by Chicago and his mom is a survivor. he picked up my red racing seats and made them green! he did it just because he wanted to be a part of this! Pretty cool! I have quite a few stories like that already.

Anyway, here are some pics. We may look for a couple of opportunities to take it on the road if we can help a local charity. We will for sure be at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in the fall.

Yes, that is my 70 year old mom sitting on the bow. She had no idea of this project until we unveiled it to the sponsors just the day before!
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StLukesEarlyDetection.com is not the fastest, coolest, most detailed theme boat by any means, but it does make people think a bit. A couple of mammogram appointments were made and they commented about seeing the boat at the parade.

Several times during the parade, the crowd would erupt in an ovation for my mom. Pretty cool ****! I could throw the boat away today and still be ahead of the game.
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Oh yea, one last item. I did have a set of steps fabricated so that at showings I can allow people to get into the baot to have pics taken. Not only will it get my sponsors in pics, but hopefully it will get some younger folks fired up on boating! So many times it is a look but dont touch kind of thing, but this is different.

All I need to do is just slow folks down for a minute to get them to think about early detection!
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Turned out awesome!!!!!!

Great job and great work!!!
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Wow, thats a great thing you have accomplished !
Thanks for sharing.
I lost my Mom to breast cancer at a fairly young age and my Wife also lost her Mom to it.The family participates in the 60 mile walks etc. for the charities.
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You, my friend, are a very good person. If this world had more people like you, it would be a much much better world. Keep up the good work
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Just AWESOME!!! Congratz!!!
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nice job! boat looks amazing! the green is awesome!
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