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Louisiana Gator Hunter




Years Paddled:

2012 – 2013


Son Shelby, two dogs (Major and Minor

Where she’s from:

Originally from Louisiana, was living in Siler City but just recently moved to Durham.


B.A. in English, Louisiana State University


Medical Language Editor, WakeMed

Essential Paddling Gear:

My friends–I never paddle alone, not so much for safety reasons, just because the experience is so much richer when it is shared, both in the moment and in remembering it later.

Fun Fact:

I love to play practical jokes on people and will wait patiently until just the right moment to spring one on an unsuspecting victim.

What has influenced her life:

My daddy–he has taught me to never take a single day for granted, to always stop to appreciate the seemingly small things, and most importantly that the small things are really the big things.

In her own words:

Initially began paddling with Hope Floats NC because it was a personal challenge to try to push myself to paddle so many miles, but it quickly became a way of being grateful for my good health and remembering not to take it for granted because that could change for any of us in an instant; I met some amazing people along the way who are not letting cancer get the upper hand and I am learning from their courage.


“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up,totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming …. WOW what a ride.”  -Mark Frost


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