7 Years

Morning light on the rocks at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, New Hampshire.

Seven years ago I took the above photo in a rare energetic moment during 6+ months of chemotherapy treatments. I was feeling pretty zen from a year of meditating and pretty humble from the physical and emotional effects of battling cancer. I’m grateful to now have seven years of cancer-free life between now and then, and looking at this photo still fills me with a dose of calm.

I won’t go into the details of my cancer struggle here – I’m sure it’s documented in this blog if you dig deep enough. Today I just wanted to celebrate my good health and say thank you to both the hospitals that cared for me and cured me back then and the conservation organizations that have kept me working in the years since while doing amazing work to keep this planet functioning, beautiful, and livable.

Dawn over the Atlantic Ocean at Great Island Common in New Castle, New Hampshire.

If you have the desire to donate to cancer-related causes, these are the ones I support:

Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund

On-Belay

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Fight Colorectal Cancer

Drone view of the salt marsh and tidal creek on the New Hampshire Seacoast.

Recovering from cancer and having to rebuild a career after not working for a year was a huge challenge, but I was insanely blessed to freelance for amazing non-profits who hired me to work in beautiful places throughout the northeast. I can’t express enough gratitude to these clients! If you are looking to support an environmental cause this year, these are the groups I’ve worked with over the last few years (in alphabetical order.) I can vouch that all do meaningful work.

Appalachian Mountain Club

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Connecticut River Conservancy

Conservation Fund

Conservation Law Foundation

Essex County Greenbelt Association

Forest Society of Maine

Highstead Foundation

Inland Woods + Trails

Land Trust Alliance

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Mountain Collaborative

Manomet

Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

National Parks Conservation Association

Natural Resources Council of Maine

Nature Conservancy

Northeast Wilderness Trust

Northern Forest Center

Northwest Connecticut Land Conservancy

Open Space Institute

Great Bay Discovery Center

Seacoast Science Center

Society for the Protection of NH Forests

Southeast Land Trust of NH

Trust for Public Land

Wells Reserve

Wildlands Trust

Hampton Beach in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.

Grateful for another day,

-Jerry

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