Like most things worth waiting for, this has been a long time in the making.
My first job out of high school was in the lush mountains of NC working as a camp counselor for Green Cove. After one summer of lighting camp fires, sharing adventures and growing in ways I never expected, I “signed-on” for a lifetime pursuit of exploration.
Zac spent his time either paddling east coast rivers, surfing waves in S.America, or skiing mountains in Utah and Colorado. He owned and operate his own business, but was unable to keep it afloat when he lost his vision in 2004.
Independently we have dreamed of founding an organization to offer therapeutic adventure programs to those whom otherwise wouldn’t have the means to do so.
The very first time Zac and I spoke was a result of Zac’s researching “therapeutic surfing” programs. I was working as the assistant director for the beloved Maui Surfer Girls (M.S.G.) and his Google searches continually hit on (M.S.G’s) surf program. It took about about 3 years from that first conversation for Panacea Adventures to become established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Now that we have the basic structure established, we are working daily to launch our first trip in spring of 2010 . Panacea will be teaming up with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental illness) and IndoJax Surf school for a sea kayak and surfing expedition. We will happily keep you posted on the details…