Amazon 5000 - for the Cure
AMAZON 5000 - FOR THE CURE
Eco-Planet Adventures’ founder, Mickey Grosman, is currently trekking a 5000 mile expedition along the Mighty Amazon River and across the South America continent on a 12 months journey.
AMAZON 5000 EXPEDITION IS ON ITS WAY!!!!
AMAZON 5000 expedition is dedicated to those who are fighting cancer, setting up a personal example of courage and inspiration by one person - Mickey Grosman
Going for such an extreme challenge across the brutal Andes, dense jungles and the Migthy Amazon River, Mickey's intention is to raise global awareness for the fight against cancer.
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On May 19, 2012 MICKEY GROSMAN, a modern-day explorer, adventurer, and survivalist, began a 5000 mile trek, Coast- to -Coast Expedition along the Amazon River and Rainforest of South America, through its unrivaled beauty and its mysterious jungles.
Mickey left to South America on May 2nd for final preparations on the ground. He began his 12 months 5000 mile journey on May 19th from Pedernales Ecuador at the shores of the Pacific ocean.
Mickey – a resident of Orlando, Florida, travels south the Equator to begin his journey at the Pacific shore of Ecuador. His AMAZON 5000 expedition will travel the first 800 miles by foot over the Western and Eastern formidable Andes Mountains while fielding continuous rugged terrain throughout the Cloud Forest dense jungles. He will continue down the mighty Amazon River and mystical Amazon Jungle, treking another 4,200 River mile stretch, utilizing a strong will and determination and adapting his survival skills to get him across. His odyssey will eventually lead him to the Amazon mouth, at the Atlantic shores of Brazil, an expedition totaling 5000 miles!
His twelve month journey will run across the wider part of the South American continent traversing Ecuador, Peru, Columbia and Brazil.
On his route, Mickey will be aided by rare historic maps, previous interviews of indigenous Amazonians, and a collection of oral and written testimonies gathered over the years to help him navigate through the treacherous terrain. Mickey intends to retrace the original tracks of the Legendary El-Dorado voyage in1541, commanded by the Spaniard Francisco de Orellana, the explorer who discovered the Amazon River and named that region “Amazonia.”
No doubt, Mickey will face extreme challenges such as hazardous gorges, turbulent waterways, dangerous environmental obstacles and deadly wildlife that may impede his journey. More of are the savage "uncontacted" Amazon tribes, hostile pirates and even drugs trafficking bandits that might encounter his way. But Mickey is determined to persevere and reach his destiny, as no one before him has done. Not since Francisco de Orellana’s exploration has anyone attempted to cross this path at this juncture.
Faced with a potentially life-threatening environment, Mickey will rely heavily on his best survival skills, gained during his years with the Israeli Defense Forces, IDF Special Operations combat unit, and honed while staying in the rural jungle and living among his Amazonian friends. These valuable skills have aided him over the years as he led adventures deep into the Amazon Rainforest sharing his passion for exploration and extreme challenge experiences with adventure seekers like him.
It wouldn’t be the first time Mickey has to face a life-threatening situation. Diagnosed on 2010 with melanoma cancer, and now a cancer survivor, Mickey’s objective is to run EXPEDITION AMAZON 5000 as a tool to promote global awareness to the plight of other cancer patients and to raise funds along his journey to benefit families of those who are battlig cancer, especially the young ones - the children, as well as cancer fighting organizations.
And to those who are still fighting cancer Mickey dedicates this extraordinary trek hoping to inspire and to encourage them to continue their fight despite unwavering obstacles.
Mickey invited adventurers from around the world to join him at designated checkpoints along this courageous endeavor expedition route, for various periods of time and different legs of the journey. Those who have answered Mickey's call for the cause and were chosen by Mickey to join him on THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE journey are now preparing to join him.
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Nobody expects to hear that they have cancer. It’s a devastating moment, filled with fear and followed by a flood of emotions, hopeless moments and worst - silence. In that moment, the best thing we can do is give loved ones something to lean on, something they can be inspired by for the long battle ahead of them.
In 2010, Mickey Grosman of Orlando, Florida, was diagnosed with melanoma cancer. Walking along the hallways of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Mickey saw the pain and despair on patients’ faces; young children, teenagers, adults, all too many. He also witnessed firsthand the true compassion and unwavering care demonstrated by the staff of the Moffitt cancer Center. At the start of his own survival journey Mickey decided to add his own voice to the call for cancer awareness. He chose to do something significant to inspire hope in cancer patients and to encourage them to continue their fight despite unwavering obstacles.
HENCE AMAZON 5000 – FOR THE CURE WAS BORN.
“It is my goal during the AMAZON 5000 expedition to raise major funding for the cancer community and reignite the fight against cancer on a global scale” stated Grosman.
“Cancer treatment has been greatly enhanced by rainforest medicines”, added Grosman. According to the National Cancer Society, 70 percent of the plants with anti-cancer properties are native to tropical rainforests.
Believing that the Amazon Rainforest is humanity’s hope for the Cure Mickey Grosman wish to bring awareness to the rising deforestation in the jungle, and to emphasize the importance in conserving the Amazon rainforest and its species, many of whom are yet to be discovered!
Amazon 5000 For the Cure, a nonprofit organization, was founded to inspire those who are battling cancer, to promote awareness to the fight against cancer and to provide endorsement to research foundations and local organizations supporting Cancer patients through their journey.
See here A5K interactive map: http://g.co/maps/x85ad zoom in and out, change views to Satellite and Terrain. Click the ledger items listed on the left to learn more about the AMAZON 5000 expedition route and locations it will traversing.