PADDLER: Michele Baldwin
Fighting stage 4 terminal cervical cancer, 45-year-old mother of three Michele Baldwin decided to standup paddle 700 miles down the holy Ganges River. Hoping to raise awareness to prevent HPV and cervical cancer—and $100k for the Global Initiative Against HPV And Cervical Cancer (GIAHC)—Michele paddled from northern India to the eastern city of Varanasi. After completing her pilgrimage, Michele returned home to New Mexico to spend her final days with her family. She died in February.