“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
A Message from Paul:
“I’m glad you’ve found Row for Hope and I’m excited to have you join me in an adventure unlike any other; one designed to the limits of the human spirit, challenge your beliefs about what is possible, and make a small but lasting difference in the world of cancer research.
If you’ve ever let yourself dream, Row for Hope is for you. Here we dream without boundaries, without fear of failure, and without regard for what’s possible. By its very nature, ocean rowing requires hope; for good weather, for luck, and for the intangible “moxie” that helps a rower to prevail.
Some people have told me that making a difference in the fight against cancer is an impossible challenge. Others have said that rowing oceans requires impossible risk. Here at Row for Hope we know that together we possess the powerful combination of hope and determination that can prove them wrong.
Unlike many adventurers, my motivation for rowing the Atlantic was not to set a world record or to do something that has never been done before. What I found in ocean rowing, and I hope you find, too, is the magical combination of true adventure and a unique and powerful form of philanthropy that makes a difference.
Please consider showing your support for Row for Hope by attending one of our events, telling your friends about our cause, or by making a donation using the red ‘Donate’ button on the right hand side of this page. The ultimate success of Row for Hope depends on you, and I hope that you’ll join me in this tremendous adventure.”
Paul Ridley is a 25 year-old resident of Stamford, Connecticut. His rowing career began at Colgate University and he continues to train out of Norwalk River Rowing Association, in Norwalk, CT. Paul was raised in Binghamton, New York. In early 2001 he lost his mother, Katherine Ridley, to malignant skin cancer. Later that year his father, Mark Ridley, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, was successfully treated, and is now cancer-free. Paul works for Greenwich Associates, a management consultancy to the asset management industry, in Stamford, CT. He is now the third and youngest American to row any ocean solo and unsupported.
He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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