Rollin' for Rock's Research

Hi, my name is Daisy and I am roller skating across the United States of America, from The Navajo Nation in Arizona to the Eastern Band Cherokee Nation in North Carolina - almost 2,000 miles!

I am taking up this challenge to support Dr. Tommy Rock (Navajo/Dine') and his team of intertribal and intergenerational Native researchers and storytellers.  Rock's research investigates environmental contamination that disproportionately impacts community health in Indian Country.  Essentially, I am rolling for Rock’s Research, hence the name! 

A recent Harvard study on long-term exposure to air pollution and COVID-19 mortality in the United States Conclusions found that a small increase in long-term exposure to fine particulate matter leads to a much higher COVID-19 death rate. In Indian Country, the links between various diseases and exposure (or proximity) to uranium mining and milling waste have been well documented. Dr. Rock believes that these environmental contaminants are exacerbating the COVID-19 pandemic on the Navajo Nation, which has the highest per capita infection rate in the U.S. A COVID-19 Climate Evaluation Research Team has been established to provide a Rapid Response Health Analysis to measure the relationship between environmental contaminants and infection. Your donations will help the team conduct the required research and provide relief for the Navajo Nation. We're all responsible for recognizing and respecting Native Lands.

Note: All proceeds go towards research. The Roller Skating trip is sponsored and thus none of the donations will be allocated to it. 

Donations made on other platforms will also be directed to research. Special thanks to family, friends and community members for their donations that kickstarted the initiative. These donations have taken us $2,812.07 closer to our goal!

Another thank you to the Decolonizing Wealth Project, who has pledged between $15-20,000 so long as we can fundraise the rest! We have subtracted total donations and pledges from our total to better depict how much father we have to go. Thank you so much for your support.



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Daisy Purdy 
Flagstaff, AZ
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