Patrick Dempsey

pd

 

Patrick Dempsey learned a lot about the realities of Cancer during his mother’s long battle with the illness.  He knew he wanted to give back to the community helping his mom through her Cancer journey.

Our best moneys should never be ours alone and neither should our hardest. Working side by side to build a healthier community is the most rewarding journey we can ever take,”  Dempsey says.

Patrick founded The Patrick Dempsey Center For Hope & Healing in his hometown of Lewiston, Maine.  The Dempsey Center provides enduring wellness, betterment and community to those who need it most – free of charge.

“Wisdom and grace can most easily be found among the true survivors and fighters and their caregivers—because they’re not just standing up to chronic illness every single day; they’re cultivating a community of wellness and long-term support and solutions beyond it”.

The Dempsey Challenge is another of Patrick’s projects, and he devotes considerable time and passion into making this event an incredible success for its participants, supporters, and surrounding communities.  Patrick is very hands-on, and super supportive of Positive Tracks’ youth call to action.

The Dempsey Challenge encourages you to go the distance on behalf of those who need it most,” he says. ”And now, Positive Tracks allows young people to make a difference to their communities – it’s amazing.  I believe in the Positive Tracks program because it’s about so much more than just fundraising – it’s about kids connecting to and giving back to the world in a healthy, creative, and productive way.”

Bode Miller

images-2

 

Olympic gold medalist, Bode Miller created Turtle Ridge Foundation in 2005, providing opportunities for young people who otherwise would have never had them.

Turtle Ridge Foundation seeks to provide a voice to organizations that empower individuals to solve difficult environmental protection issues and to offer the opportunity for young people to participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities that would not be available to them without our help.  This includes programs for inner-city youth and children with disabilities.

Hear more of Bode’s views on youth in the clip below from After The Game: Work Hard, Live Well, Give Back.

http://nesn.com/2010/09/bode-millers-turtle-ridge-foundation-helping-underpriveleged-youth/

Ethan Zohn

Screen Shot 2013-10-10 at 8.20.23 PM

The title of “Ultimate Survivor,” though earned many times over, does not do justice to Ethan Zohn.  Throw pro soccer player, inventor, author, motivator, coach, sports commentator, hotty, celebrity athlete, TV host, global ambassador and megaphone for a generation into the mix and you get a little closer to comprehending the magnitude of his mojo.

When Ethan won the actual title of Survivor, Africa in 2002, he used the $1 million prize to co-found Grassroot Soccer which helps fight AIDS with education and sports.  To launch his youth-led movement Grassroot Soccer UNITED, he dribbled a soccer ball from Boston to Washington, DC. When he discovered he had Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2009, he beat it.  And when the cancer returned in 2011, he ran another marathon – during chemotherapy – leading his GRS team.

Ethan’s extensive charity work is aimed at launching and sustaining positive global social change through sports.  His late father’s often-repeated words are his mantra: “To make happiness real for others is truly the greatest gift.”  All this is but a glimpse of what Ethan does.  Get the full picture at ezohn.com, follow him on twitter @EthanZohn, and on Instagram: ethanzohn.

We so thrilled to have Ethan on board lending energy and momentum to all Positive Trackers, but in particular, to the young people supporting Grassroot Soccer.

Majka Burhardt

Small_MG_5855

Majka Burhardt has a passion for creating unusual connections. As an author, professional climber, filmmaker, and entrepreneur, Majka has spent two decades exploring the globe—usually by hand and foot—and her stories of challenge, humanity, and the fine line between extreme and acceptable risk continue to inspire audiences around the world.  As a keynote speaker and writer Majka champions “Additive Adventure”—when adventure goes beyond exploration to cultural and environmental connections that create a larger conversation of singular and collective human meaning.

Majka has 16 years of experience producing multi-stage international ventures focused on current issues of cultural and global significance. Her first book Vertical Ethiopia: Climbing Toward Possibility in the Horn of Africa (2008) was short‑listed for the Banff Book Award.  Her second book, Coffee Story: Ethiopia, was released in August 2011.

In 2010, Majka produced Waypoint Namibia and the film was featured at international film festivals and shown on NBC’s Universal Sports.  Majka was nominated for an EPIC Emerging Artist Award for her work as the Executive Producer.

She is currently leading the The Lost Mountain Project, a pioneering biological study of the cliffside habitat on Mt. Namuli, Mozambique’s second highest mountain and a critical target for conservation in southeast Africa.  The Lost Mountain Project culminates in The Lost Mountain Film, and a Positive Tracks specific short documenting the youth experience on Mt. Namuli.

Levi Leipheimer

ssss

Levi Leipheimer is a professional American road bicycle racer with a long and notable racing career. Levi is dedicated to giving back to his community, most notably through his namesake event, Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge GranFondo.

In 2009, he founded the King Ridge GranFondo, a mass participation ride named for the challenging King Ridge Road in Sonoma County.

The inaugural version of the GranFondo hosted a sold-out crowd of 3500 people on the roads in and around Leipheimer’s home of Santa Rosa, California. By 2012, participation had risen to 7,500 riders.

The event is a charity ride, benefitting the Forget Me Not Farm, LIVESTRONG, and VeloStreet’s Cycling Initiatives Program, a series of cycling initiatives designed to promote cycling in and around Sonoma County.
“Meeting youth on their own turf is key to helping them become active and engaged in their community. Positive Tracks encourages kids to leverage their creativity and athletic ability to take a bigger role in the world around them, while empowering them to become generous and charitable as they grow into adults.”

Jodi Picoult

Untitled

 

Jodi Picoult is NYT bestselling novelist and co-founder of Trumbull Hall Troupe in Hanover, New Hampshire.

“I believe that the world can be changed one mind at a time – it’s why I write the novels I do. I also believe that you’re never too young to start making that happen.  For this reason, I co-founded a teen theatre group nine years ago – the Trumbull Hall Troupe – which performs original children’s musicals and donates the proceeds to charity.

CHaD was one of our beneficiaries in 2012, and the cast and crew of our show were thrilled to know that while they performed and had a great time, they were also helping other kids in the community. 

Trumbull Hall Troupe’s 2012 musical, SUPER!, was about heroes, and how ordinary people can make extraordinary things happen. Thanks to Positive Tracks, that’s exactly what we were able to do.”

Cameron Marshall

Cam Marshall CHaD

 

 

Cameron Marshall is not only a Leukemia survivor; he is the inspiration behind Cam’s Course, the 1M Fun Run at the CHaD Hero Half Marathon & Ripcord 5K, where Positive Tracks was founded.

While Cam was fighting Leukemia at age 10, he founded B Positive 4 CHaD Kids, an initiative that continues to raise money to support families facing illness at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

The “Positive” in Positive Tracks was inspired by Cam’s amazing attitude and desire to help others even when facing intense personal hardship. We are proud to have Cam still working with Positive Tracks today.

“To me, Positive Tracks is an opportunity to work with heroic kids, helping others through positive, exciting actions – all while running the race of life!”