Help Send DeeDee Jonrowe to Nome

$58,138 of $70k goal

Raised by 474 people in 13 months
DeeDee Jonrowe  ANCHORAGE, AK
You might know DeeDee Jonrowe. She’s one of the most well-known competitors in Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race history, having finished the 1,049 mile sled dog race 33 times. She doesn’t just finish, though. DeeDee’s had 16 top-10 finishes and is a three-time runner up in her career, so she’s known for her excellence within the challenging sport.

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.
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Update 5
Posted by DeeDee Jonrowe
11 months ago
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As you know, DeeDee's been a little busy, but she wanted to thank all of her supporters herself at the ceremonial start to the Iditarod in video form. So from DeeDee and everyone on her team, thank you for the support.
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Update 4
Posted by DeeDee Jonrowe
11 months ago
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Update #4: YOU DID IT!

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!
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Update 3
Posted by DeeDee Jonrowe
12 months ago
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Update #3: This week we have a special update for you. It's from DeeDee herself as she shares where she's at in her training, how her preparation is going and her thanks to everyone for supporting her. She's incredibly busy as the Iditarod start nears, but she wanted everyone to know how much your help has meant to her.
DeeDee Jonrowe Thanks Her Supporters
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Update 2
Posted by DeeDee Jonrowe
12 months ago
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Update #2: In just 15 days, we’ve done wonders: over $22,000 raised from 223 kind people around the world. We couldn’t be more thankful, and DeeDee passed along her personal thanks as well. She’s overjoyed about how people have come out and supported her and shared her story in the past couple weeks. Every little bit helps, and she appreciates all of it.

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!
DeeDee at Cabela's working on her drop
DeeDee grooming the nearby trail
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Sierra Grahek
13 months ago
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Do you still need some lines made? I will pay Shawnda for the rope and make you lines. Whatever colors you choose.

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Jack Frost
13 months ago
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Go, Dee-Dee, go! This time you'll be sponsored by every Alaskan who signs up. $5 or $500, join the list of sponsors and let Dee-Dee drive your generosity to Nome! As you watch the race this year, this time you will actually be sponsoring a musher!

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Sherrie Petty
13 months ago
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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.

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Kevin Kintzi
12 months ago
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C'mon good people! Only a few days left to give to this wonderful lady who has shown more determination and spirit than anyone I have ever seen. She still needs about $17,000 to reach her goal!

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Jez Franklin
13 months ago
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Dee Dee, I hope you raise enough to run this year. God Bless you and your team. I will try my best to share this!! You work so hard and the race would not be the same without you!! xoxox Hug your Doggies for us!!

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Connie Hall
13 months ago
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Dee Dee myself and one or two friends would like to volunteer for the month of March. Please let me know . Thanks

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Lisa Tuttle
12 months ago

Lets all say a prayer for Dee Dee, And don't forget to wear pink to support her on race day.

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$58,138 of $70k goal

Raised by 474 people in 13 months
Created January 20, 2016
$50
Lisa AspenLeaf
11 months ago

Go DeeDee!! YAY!!

$100
Anonymous
11 months ago
$50
Anonymous
11 months ago
AB
$100
Amy Batchelder
11 months ago

You are an inspiration. Thank you for all you have given. Your mother must have been so very proud of all of your accomplishments and your life fully led. Happy and safe journeys on the trail.

CW
$100
charlene Wagstaff
11 months ago
CH
$50
Cory Hunter
11 months ago

I am so sorry for your losses, but so impressed by your continued resilience. I have wonderful photos of you and your team from 1997. All the best!

$505
Catherine Breeden
11 months ago

It has been a struggle trying to get this money to you; I know that you cannot answer every inquiry, but have tried many different routes, Dee Dee! When I heard about the wildfires, I was so concerned, my Son and his family live outside of Wasilla. When I heard of the devastation, I reached out to classmates to try to assist. I hate that GoFundMe will receive additional money from this donation, since they already took their fees once. The following is a list of all the donors, God Speed Dee Dee! Have been keeping you in my highest wishes and prayers! Cathy $100 Howard Dixon 8 months ago I wish you all the best on your road to recovery, Howard $250 Michael Schneider 8 months ago $100 Pamela Skidmore Hill 8 months ago Dee Dee you were an inspiration to us in school and still are with all you have accomplished. Praying for you. $50 Anonymous 8 months ago $50 Anonymous 8 months ago I also wanted to add the link to the Go Fund Me that I had done, in an attempt to help! gofundme.com/x9cuws

FT
$25
Fiona Taylor
11 months ago

Go Dee Dee go!!

$100
Anonymous
11 months ago
KJ
$50
Katherine A Johnson
11 months ago

Dee Dee, You are a wonderful inspiration to all!

Sierra Grahek
13 months ago
5
5

Do you still need some lines made? I will pay Shawnda for the rope and make you lines. Whatever colors you choose.

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Jack Frost
13 months ago
3
3

Go, Dee-Dee, go! This time you'll be sponsored by every Alaskan who signs up. $5 or $500, join the list of sponsors and let Dee-Dee drive your generosity to Nome! As you watch the race this year, this time you will actually be sponsoring a musher!

+ Read More
Sherrie Petty
13 months ago
3
3

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.

+ Read More
Kevin Kintzi
12 months ago
2
2

C'mon good people! Only a few days left to give to this wonderful lady who has shown more determination and spirit than anyone I have ever seen. She still needs about $17,000 to reach her goal!

+ Read More
Jez Franklin
13 months ago
2
2

Dee Dee, I hope you raise enough to run this year. God Bless you and your team. I will try my best to share this!! You work so hard and the race would not be the same without you!! xoxox Hug your Doggies for us!!

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Connie Hall
13 months ago
1
1

Dee Dee myself and one or two friends would like to volunteer for the month of March. Please let me know . Thanks

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Lisa Tuttle
12 months ago

Lets all say a prayer for Dee Dee, And don't forget to wear pink to support her on race day.

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