Please help us bring Angela's remains home, and provide the necessary travel expenses and final arrangements. Her remains are currently on a German cargo ship sailing towards Tahiti. We need to help her family in getting her brought back home to California where she can be laid to rest.
Angela Madsen was a champion of others her entire life. She passed away on Sunday doing what she loved, defeating the odds and refusing to be what society told her she was. Many years ago, she was left paraplegic from a botched surgery following an injury when she was in the Marines where she served as an MP.
She was a Marine for life, a seven-time U.S. National Team rower and three-time Paralympian. She was a Veterans Advocate and a friend to
everyone, and holds 6 Guinness World Records.
She competed at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games in track and field, winning a bronze medal in the shot put in London. She was also an advocate for LGBTQ rights. She was a volunteer coach at the annual Valor Games Far West which is a paralympic sporting event for disabled veterans.
She was about halfway thru her ambitious journey to row solo from Los Angeles to Honolulu, 1,300 miles from shore and 60 days into her journey and she had just celebrated her 60th birthday at sea on May 10th. She was aiming to set a world record as the first paraplegic and oldest woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean
On Sunday, when GPS appeared to show her boat adrift, her wife called the Coast Guard who summoned the help of a cargo ship traveling from Oakland, Ca. to Tahiti. They responded and found Angela deceased, and floating in the water tethered to her boat. She passed while prepping the boat and gear for rough weather.
She is survived by her wife Debra, and the many thousands of disabled veterans that she’s coached, mentored and counseled.
The Wine Country Marines, a 501(C)3 NonProfit dedicated to the support of our military and veterans has agreed to receive donations for this effort, and provide them to Angela's family for this purpose. 100% of the donations received will be passed on to the family, and the Wine Country Marines are not reserving any fees or overhead.
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