The Journey Begins
In America in 2013 there were 585,720 cancer deaths, Maire became one of those statistics.
July 12, 2014
24-year old Michigan resident and former U.S. Army PFC Maire Kent lost her battle to cardiac sarcoma a rare cancer of the heart. Her dying wish, which stemmed from the childrens' book that she learned to read from as a child, "Paddle to the Sea", was that her ashes would go into a wooden sailboat handcrafted by blind carpenter George Wurtzel. Along with Maire's remains would be placed photos of others who lost the battle to cancer.
Maire's message on the boat reads:
My name is Maire. I died of cardiac sarcoma cancer. This boat has my ashes in it and I’m making my way to the ocean. If you find me, please set me back on my path. I will bless you from Heaven. If I have reached the ocean, please let my brothers and sisters know. You can reach them on my Facebook page “Maire’s Journey.”
This summer, Maire and her boat will take a journey from the Great Lakes of northern Michigan to some 1,400 miles to the eastern seaboard.
We will watch her story unfold on the big screen as part of a feature documentary by Emmy winning producers/directors Keith Famie and John Feist.
Where her journey takes her and the lives she touches along the way will teach us all a great lesson about living and dying.