Father and Son Dedicating Their Summer Retracing The 1896 Klondike Gold Rush Benefiting Blind And Visually Impaired Athletes Of The Blind Judo Foundation

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One hundred twenty years ago a stampede of 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon were in search of Gold which led them through the ports of Dyea and Skagway in Southeast Alaska following the Chilkoot trails to the Yukon River and ultimately to the Klondike. Fast forward to 2016 where two modern day “Klondikers,” a father and son, will retrace the migration to help raise awareness and funds to support blind and visually impaired individuals of the Blind Judo Foundation.

Imre Kabai (standing) and his son Peter preparing to retrace the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible....Francis of Assisi

The Klondike Gold Rush of 1896 was truly a momentous year of exploration, visions of wealth, adventure, danger and excitement around discovering gold. To reach the gold fields in Alaska the Klondikers, as they were called needed to take routes through the ports of Skagway in Southeast Alaska. Here they would follow the Chilkoot Trail through the Coastal Mountains that lead to the gold fields.

Imre Kabai and his son Peter, will not be seeking gold in the traditional sense but metaphorically seeking donations (gold) to support worthy blind and visually impaired children, young adults and blind and visually impaired military men and women with introductions and training in the empowering sport of Judo.

This is not the first adventure of the Kabai Family but their sixth in support of the Blind Judo Foundation and their blind and visually impaired students. Their past adventures can be seen on their website GoJudoka along with the start of the 2016 sojourn. As in past adventures, interested parties will be able to track their every move in fifteen minute segments.

This amazing family is not averse to adventure as you will see when viewing the embedded video showing snippets of challenges most families and individuals would not even consider attempting. The sport of Judo has permeated their whole family realizing the full benefits the sport of Judo renders to those willing to step onto the tatami (Judo mat).

Getting into the spirit of the trip, Imre and Peter have been training up to 4 hours per day for the past several months conditioning themselves for the challenging journey of a life time. They have also researched and assembled their equipment and gear for a rugged and less than ideal challenges of wilderness, trails, wild animals and daily survival. Past challenges had hardships helping with building resolve for the unknown.

The benefits of training in Judo became the catalyst for building confidence and character while being humble and respectful of the environment and conditions to come as Imre and Peter Kabai transverse the 1896 Klondike Gold Rush of one-hundred twenty years ago.

If you would like to endorse their trip bringing visibility to blind and visually impaired individuals with introductions and training in the sport of Judo, please consider making a donation of any size. The Blind Judo Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization so all donations are tax-exempt.

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The Blind Judo Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization who introduces and trains blind and visually impaired children, young adults and our returning blind and visually impaired military men and women in the sport of Judo. Supporting our blind athletes to train, travel, attend camps and compete relies upon your tax-exempt donations.

All members of the Blind Judo Foundation are volunteers. A select few of our elite athletes go on to represent the USA as members of the US Paralympic (not to be confused with Special Olympics) Judo Team. More about the Foundation can be seen on our Facebook page. Ron C. Peck can be contacted at roncpeck(at)blindjudofoundation(dot)org or 1-425-444-8256 or Coach Willy Cahill at 1-650-589-0724

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