An Interview with Brad Ludden of First Descents
The following is an excerpt from a Play City Blog:
Last weekend I had a chance to meet Brad Ludden at the OMG Cancer Summit in New York. Commonly known as one of the best professional kayakers in the world, Brad has traveled to over 40 countries as Nike’s first sponsored kayak athlete and can be seen gracing the cover of magazines such as Outside, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal.
After graduating a year early from high school, Brad set out for a 6-month around the world epic. It was at the end of that trip that he realized the need to pursue kayaking as a full-time occupation as well as his desire to give the gift of kayaking to others. In 2000, at the age 18, Brad founded the non-profit foundation, First Descents in order to provide those affected by cancer the chance to utilize whitewater kayaking and other outdoor adventures in order to play a key role in their overall recovery process.
For all these amazing accolades, Brad is a super-down-to-earth guy with quite possibly the best job in the world. Check out my interview with him below and definitely make sure to watch the video on First Descents [it’s muy awesome!]
Lastly, if you know of a young adult cancer survivor (age 18-39) let them know about First Descents (PS this amazing program is FREE!!)
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