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RIVER DISCOVERY INC Name provided directly to GuideStar from organization* as of: 06/08/2015: RIVER DISCOVERY INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/08/2015: RIVER DISCOVERY INC

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Physical Address: Boise, ID 83707 
EIN: 20-5965547
Web URL: www.riverdiscovery.org 
NTEE Category: E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E60 Health Support Services
G Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines
G30 Cancer
P Human Services
P30 Children's and Youth Services
Ruling Year: 2007 
Top Funders: Individual and Business Donations - $35,000
Special Events - $12,000
Foundation and Corporation Grants - $12,000


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Mission Statement

Outdoor adventures for cancer survivors that promote healing and strengthen the mind, body and spirit

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2010
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2010

Total Revenue $63,532
Total Expenses $63,423

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Anna Buschbacher

Term:

Since Nov 2011

Profile:

Executive Director November 2011 - current Susan G. Komen for the Cure -Feb. 2008 to Oct. 2011 Capital Youth Soccer Association Dec. 2001-2005 Conprehensive Cancer Alliance Board Member since 2011 Cancer Connection Idaho Program Advisor since 2011

Leadership Statement:

The Salmon River Adventure Programs are unique: a week camping, rafting and kayaking where participants are exposed to the therapeutic benefits found in nature and the wilderness. Throughout the week clients explore the physical, psychological and emotional challenges of cancer in a supportive environment with peers. They leave with renewed self confidence and lifestyle choices that improve well-being and extend lives.

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Program: Retreats for Adult Cancer Survivors and Cosurvior (GuideStar Nonprofit Profile
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Budget:
$5,900
Category:
None
Population Served:
Adults
None
None

Program Description:

Grab your partner/spouse/co-survivor/caregiver and join us for an adventurous and reflective 2 days near beautiful Cascade Idaho. Starting at Kelly’s Whitewater Park you will raft into a wilderness oasis at the Island Ranch Retreat in the Payette River just south of Cascade. Participants will have the opportunity to eat delicious nutritious meals, engage in recreational activities, and reflect on the healing elements our natural environment. You will have 2 days to explore this 500 acre island retreat with your co-survivor. Come with us to walk the trails, reflect by the water, enjoy the wildlife and immerse yourselves in all the adventure and serenity of Idaho’s beautiful outdoors.

Program Long-Term Success:

All participants are ask to fill out an pre-survey and post evaluation that requires them to answer questions on their emotional, social, and physical levels that they experienced pre and post the retreat. Reviewing that programs accommodated each individual's fitness levels, interest and boost emotional levels are important promote adoptable activities. Additional outdoor activities are offered through out the summer to encourage alumni and families to continue their outdoor experiences and outdoor enjoyment. Follow up evaluations are sent to participants 3-4 months after participation to review if they have continue to seek outdoor adventures or need assistance with this help.

Program Short-Term Success:

River Discovery’s long term success is measured by our participants’ ability to overcome the physical, emotional and psychological challenges of cancer. Restoring self confidence and esteem through challenges found though outdoor activities which is the first step in that process. Success is also measured by the number of minutes participants partake in outdoor physical activities; paddle boarding, hiking, fishing, outdoor cooking, yoga, and mindfulness. Programs are planned to included various mindful activities such as journaling, expressive arts and connection time to allow participants to connect with each other, themselves and nature.

Program Success Monitored by:

Survey and evaluation data methods are annual reviewed and revised to continually improve data. Success is monitored during program activities by RD staff which includes licensed medical and mental health professionals who record mental state, physical abilities, challenges accomplished. Menus are planned and reviewed by an oncology dietician to share and teach survivors and their caregivers how to prepare healthy nutritious cancer fighting meals at home or on the go.

Program Success Examples:

When I received a call asking if I’d like to be a part of the first River Discovery retreat in Cascade Idaho for cancer survivors, I thought okay, sounds fun, but I had no idea what was in store for me. I thought we’d camp, eat, meet other survivors and take a lazy float down the Payette River on an inner tube. Little did I know my world would be turned right side up again. After being diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer that went to my bones and after a few surgeries, radiation and monthly infusions I thought just walking around the block was all I would be able to do anymore. I led a very active life prior to my diagnosis of camping, hiking, boot camp classes and skiing. After having surgery to put a rod in my femur and hip to keep it from breaking, just walking again was a huge success for me. With having cancer in my bones, I’m susceptible to spontaneous fractures and have to be very careful not to fall or have too much impact on my bones. After arriving at the most scenic and breathtaking campsite, I saw a trailer with kayaks and paddle boards and was immediately excited to try something on my bucket list, paddle boarding. After some internal hesitation, I decided if I fell in the water, no big deal, at least I can check something off my bucket list! My husband and another volunteer helped me on to the paddle board and off I went to experience the most freedom I’d felt since my diagnosis. I paddled on the down the river and had the most tranquil and powerful experience of my life. I have now become addicted to paddle boarding and do it every chance I get and when my body feels up to it. I never would have gotten on a paddle board had it not been for the opportunity and support of River Discovery and all the volunteers who made the experience possible. River Discovery has given me a new lease on life, the ability to still experience and do things I love while still being gentle with my body. Thank you River Discovery for opening my mind and heart to living life to the fullest. There is no cure for my cancer, and I don’t consider myself a survivor, but I can honestly say River Discovery has deeply healed a huge a void in my life through this empowering 2 day retreat.

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Budget:
$42,480
Category:
Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

The Salmon River Adult Adventure Program targets cancer survivors 18 and older and seeks to educate young people about choices and encourage behaviors that extend life, increase self confidence and improve physical and psychological well-being. This weeklong program is free to participants and accommodates 15 teenage cancer survivors who will raft and camp along the wilderness section of the Salmon River. Program objectives are to: Program outcomes include:

Program Long-Term Success:

Ultimately, River Discovery’s long term success is measured by our participants’ ability to overcome the physical, emotional and psychological challenges of cancer.

Program Short-Term Success:

A 2010 goal is to initiate a staff training program for young adult alumni interested in becoming role models for teen participants.

Program Success Monitored by:

A three part survey system is used to measure program effectiveness along with anecdotal evidence. Participants complete pre and post program surveys to measure physical activity, fears and anxiety, peer support and self-esteem and confidence.

Program Success Examples:

“I also saw one of our participants, who has been extremely ill and is still fragile looking, spontaneously run across the sand at lunch one day toward the end of the week. It was so funny, and he was just beaming. It was like watching him come back to life. Our other campers gained in self confidence through meeting the challenges offered on the river, and you could see their personalities emerge as they felt freer.” Ellen Nolan, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and 2009 staff medical volunteer 2009 was the first year collecting survey data and the methods will be revised and improved continually. Some of the findings are:66% did not experience any post-treatment physical symptoms during the program33% expected to exercise more after the program66% liked the new foods eaten during the program

Program: 1-Day Youth Cancer Survivor and Family River Adventures (GuideStar Nonprofit Profile
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Budget:
$3,500
Category:
None
Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use
Adults

Program Description:

A journey on the great Payette River Cabarton Run: The Cabarton is a very popular spot in the late summer as it is a dam-release run. It is an excellent run for novices and experts alike. The Cabarton run has the secluded feeling of wilderness as there is no road along most of it. The first couple miles are very mellow and offer a chance to unwind and gradually warm up. The landscape is fantastic.

Program Long-Term Success:

Long term success is to have young cancer survivors and their families still participating in outdoor adventures at what ever level they are comfortable with. Knowing that treatment for youth cancer can sometimes limit a child's outdoor activity and family fun time, River Discovery's youth survivor adventures aim to get families affected by cancer out to test the waters, build family bonds, have summer fun experiences and enjoy the outdoors away from the hospitals.

Program Short-Term Success:

Positive experiences that allow families to experience summer fun moments, create happy family memories, and enjoy the great outdoors despite being affected with cancer. Programs are designed to address survivorship as a family group, build camaraderie with in the groups and allow youth survivors to find a safe-fun activity the empowers them.

Program Success Monitored by:

RD staff including medical and mental health professionals to foster connections and networking between survivors and families. Observe and record challenge levels over came by participants, group interaction times, outdoor activities and accomplishments. Final program evaluations delivered to participants and family members to record pre-post emotional levels, pre-post outdoor physical fitness times, overall program evaluation and final experience rankings.

Program Success Examples:

When you have a child with cancer you spend an unbelievable amount of time dealing with their appointments, medications, side effects and emotions. All of this comes at a cost – time spent away from your other children. The River Discovery trip gave us a chance to get away from all the pressure and stress and enjoy each other fully. It was wonderful to be in the company of other families who understand and connect with you immediately. The river was healing too—it was great to be outside, to laugh, to splash—to feel human again. Thank you.

Program: Survivor Paddle Boarding (GuideStar Nonprofit Profile
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Budget:
$1,900
Category:
People/Families of People with Cancer
Population Served:
None
None
None

Program Description:

New outdoor flat water activity; Stand-up Paddle Boarding. We will help you tackle this new outdoor skill by learning the basics in strokes, standing up and board movement. Activity can be adapted to any fitness level and is open to survivors of all ages and a friend.

Program Long-Term Success:

Introducing adoptable outdoor activities that participants, encourage long lasting healthy habits to sustain adventures. River Discovery will also supply a take home packet with a whole host of quality of life education information for past participants.

Program Short-Term Success:

One to Six day adventure program goals are to improve self confidence and self esteem; reduce fatigue and increase strength and mobility; create essential peer to peer relationships; increase physical fitness and nutrition; expose participants to the recuperative benefits inherent in a wilderness setting; increase ones overall wellbeing and rejuvenate ones soul and encourage long-lasting healthy habits. Several studies show that regular exercise and proper diet can lower the risk of recurrence and extend lives for cancer survivors. (Natural News.com; 2006 J. Douglas, & Cancerqld.org.au; position statement). - To accomplish these goals our participants are introduced to a comfortable and safe outdoor environment. Adventures are staffed with Medical and mental health professionals, professional guest speakers, and camp counselors provide educational opportunity and activities. - In order to increase exercise and physical fitness that will help to reduce fatigue and increasing strength and meet the American Cancer Society's 2012 physical fitness recommendations, each participant will partake in daily physical activities and adoptable outdoor activities such as rafting, hiking, swimming, kayaking, and/or rappelling. - Improving self confidence and self-esteem, plus reducing depression and anxiety are achieved through rafting adventures that thrill, challenge and expose participants to the recuperative benefits of the outdoors. - Programs provide essential peer to peer relationships through team building activities and group discussions and contributing in a group rafting adventure. - Providing overall healthy lifestyles we offer educational opportunities, on-site activities that promote healthy diets and nutrition that with a registered dietician guidelines with fresh fruits, vegetables and assistance with meal preparation.

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