British Adventurist Swims into St Joseph.
A British man swimming 1,000 miles down the Missouri River to raise money for breast cancer awareness is swimming through Northwest Missouri.
David Cornthwaite and his support group are swimming 1,000 miles down the Missouri River to raise $150,000 for the Coppa Feel! foundation.
Listen as Dave talks with KFEQ’s Micheal Clements below.
They started their journey August 10th in Chamberlain South Dakota and expect to wrap up in St Louis in the first pa
Cornthwaite is currently on his seventh 1,000 mile journey in his long-term project called Expedition 1,000. He’s attempting to do 25 1,000 mile non-motorized expeditions.
“Seven years ago I was a graphic designer and completely miserable at my job.” I decided I needed to make a change and pursue a career and I guess a vocation doing something I was really pationate about.”
Now, he is hoping to travel 1,000 miles on every Continent and take a group of newcomers along with him each time.
“I think adventure is something everybody can take on, I honestly think that. Even though 1,000 miles of swimming sounds like a ridiculous idea, anyone can do it. I really want to show that with all of my trips and I tend to start out having no experience and built it up from there,” he said.
The organization they are fundraising for CoppaFeel! states on it’s website that it exist to educate women in the UK that early detection and self examination can save lives from breast cancer.
“My friend Kris was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 23 and subsequently sent up a charity and it’s an absolute privilege to support their work,” he said.
The journey started August 10th at Chamberlain S. Dakota and should wrap-up when he and the group swims into St Louis, completing the 1,000 mile journey in early October.
This is the first adventure he’s taken on involving so much swimming.
“I think every journey has a few challenges but this one has been a huge physical challenge but absolutely delightful at the same time,” Cornthwaite said. ”It’s amazing seeing the world from just six inches above the surface of a river.”
Follow along at www.swim1000.com