John Ruskey: The Mighty Quapaw Canoe Company strikes gold again. Yes, a great deal of the credit for winning the Spirit of Adventure award goes to John, Mark River and and the rest of his Company team in Clarksdale, Mississippi. I am mentioning John now for early on he offered to sponsor the expedition. He believed in me. He believes in the Kids. He to would like to see a cure found for T1 Diabetes.
John’s generosity with help acquiring my canoe, river angel support and marketing were just some of the ways he helped make the Causing for Cure expedition possible. When the chips were down he and “River” actually paddled alongside me from Natchez, Mississippi to St. Francisville, Louisiana. I needed help when heat got the best of us. John and Mark River were there for me.
John also loaned us equipment, stored boats and supplies for almost a year, free of charge, I might add. Not only did John give direct support, but his efforts spreading the word and greatly helped get out the vote. John is one of the best, a hero in my book.
For those of you not familiar with John’s Quapaw Canoe Company, he offers signature tours on the Mighty Mississippi and other Midsouth rivers. For anyone wishing to explore the lower Mississippi we recommend joining him on one of his hassle free adventures. He is even organizing a tour with world famous English adventurer, Dave Cornthwaite , September this year, 2016.
John is the founder an author of the “River Gator” a guide to water trails on the Mississippi River from Caruthersville, Missouri to the Gulf of Mexico. For those wishing to explore the lower Mississippi River, this may be an experience of a lifetime.
May the River Be With you my Brother, as John himself would say:
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