Help Send DeeDee Jonrowe to Nome
But this year, just getting to the starting line will be DeeDee’s biggest Iditarod challenge.
You see, in 2015, the Sockeye wildfire near Willow consumed more than 7,200 acres of land and 55 homes – including DeeDee’s. DeeDee and her husband, Mike, lost everything in the wildfire. Their home, vehicles and the essential items to mushing like sleds and harnesses were swallowed up by the flames. Not only that, but in 2015, her biggest sponsor – Shell – left Alaska, ending their relationship. Even worse? Within weeks of the fire, she lost her biggest fan, as her mother, Peg, succumbed to cancer.
Throughout all of that, DeeDee’s never lost track of her passion in life: dog mushing. And in 2016, she’s hoping to line up at the start of her 34th Iditarod. But to do that, she’ll need your help.
She needs your support to get ready for the race and to have all of the equipment needed for the world famous long-distance sled dog race. With no major sponsor and all of the money she has tied up in rebuilding her home and life, she needs the help of the Alaskans and people from around the world who call themselves fans.
For three decades, DeeDee has inspired us with her courage and grit. Now she needs your help. Help get DeeDee Jonrowe to Nome in 2016.
* All money will be used to fund DeeDee's Iditarod efforts. The race begins on March 5, 2016.
It’s Friday and the snow is coming down. Even better news? Tomorrow is the ceremonial start to the Iditarod, and DeeDee will be there to start her 34th race.
It’s been a tough year for DeeDee, but thanks to the help of more than 450 contributors, you raised over $56,000! That’s enough for her to compete and hopefully thrive in this year’s race, and DeeDee couldn’t be more excited about it.
Thanks to each and every one of you. DeeDee’s overjoyed at the support you've given her, and she considers you all her #1 sponsors.
We’re going to leave the GoFundMe open until the end of the race, but keep an eye out for DeeDee. We have high hopes for her.
Go, DeeDee, go!
And she needs the help, as she’s struggling balancing her need to train, taking care of preparation and the time/monetary costs that come with it. Her husband Mike just went from a surgery bandage to his first cast after wrist surgery, but he’s still out of commission. That means DeeDee’s taking all of the weight of gathering supplies and getting what she needs for the trail while also having to train her team at the same time.
Yesterday, DeeDee spent the day getting her drops together for the trail. For those that don’t know, mushers cannot get supplies on the trail unless they are preset items. That means dog food, food for DeeDee herself, booties for the dogs, extra clothing…you name it. DeeDee spent the day shopping and putting together those drops, which is a huge deal, and something she has to have finalized by the 17th. It’s important work, but work that takes away from training. Even with all of that on its way, it’s around a month out and DeeDee still needs two essentials: sled bags and her race sled itself. It’s coming together, but slowly.
With Mike recovering, she’s having to groom the trail near her home so it’s something her team can practice on. Right now, it’s too slick to even walk on, but DeeDee’s on it! She’s ripping it up and making it something her team can work with. In fact, she was prepping her 14 dog team for a run on that freshly groomed trail as we spoke. You go, DeeDee!
She’s taking care of it, as that’s what DeeDee does. But it’s coming at a cost – DeeDee’s running into a lack of sleep that makes everything a bit harder. Help is here, though! A new handler at her kennel started last week. That’s much needed help. And soon, she’ll be able to do the part she loves: running with her team. She’s hoping to spend the whole day in the kennel running her dogs tomorrow, but she still needs your help. Spread the word, and let’s do what we can to help DeeDee make her way back to Nome!
Please help my dear friend. It has been heart breaking to see the struggles she has endured and conquered, with the help of God, this year. She is a strong woman, but can sure use the financial support. There is no gift to small, so please give a helping hand to a true dog lover and friend.
Lets all say a prayer for Dee Dee, And don't forget to wear pink to support her on race day.