Randy was positively changed from a single event.
“Being on the water in a kayak, with no noise, no motor, was soothing and relaxing. It calms your mind and takes you to a peaceful spot. The residual effects were noticeable. My kids particularly saw the effects. In fact, my wife encouraged me to keep going because of the positive effects.”
“Every time I’m on the water in my kayak, it transcends me into a state of mind that makes me feel relaxed and comfortable. It transcends me to a better place. I forget about all the things that I’ve seen.”
Randy immediately aligned with HOW to help other warriors.
“I knew Heroes on the Water was something I wanted to continue to do. It’s something I will associate my name with, so I volunteered to be a guide.”
Now Randy spends his time at HOW events ensuring that warriors are comfortable with their kayaks, have the right equipment, and feel as welcome as he did his first event.
“I have extra gear and am happy to loan my equipment to anyone who needs it. We work diligently to ensure each warrior has the best kayak for his or her needs.”
For Randy, Heroes on the Water gave him something he could not get in other therapeutic environments – peace and calming coupled with camaraderie.
“It helps to know you are not the only one, that there are people with the same diagnosis. It also helps to know you don’t have to talk about anything you don’t want to, and can enjoy the peace and beauty of kayak fishing.”