Scroll down to the bottom of the page to watch a video about Mickey's journey with melanoma and his upcoming Amazon expedition.
Follow Mickey on his journey by checking out the interactive map at the Amazon 5000 website.
Or. cheer him on by posting to Mickey's Facebook page!
Click here to view Mickey's Digital Quilt patch about his adventure, and tell us about your adventured by creating your own patch! (pictured left)
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More about Mickey's adventure from the Amazon 5000 website:
-On his route, Mickey will be aided by rare historic maps, previous interviews of indigenous Amazonians, and a collection of oral and written testimonies gathered over the years to help him navigate through the treacherous terrain. Mickey intends to retrace the original tracks of the Legendary El-Dorado voyage in 1541, commanded by the Spaniard Francisco de Orellana, the explorer who discovered the Amazon River and named that region “Amazonia.”
-His AMAZON 5000 expedition will travel the first 800 miles by foot over the Western and Eastern formidable Andes Mountains while fielding continuous rugged terrain throughout the Cloud Forest dense jungles. He will continue down the mighty Amazon River and mystical Amazon Jungle, traveling a 4,200 River mile stretch, using only a kayak and strong survival skills to get him across. His odyssey will eventually lead him to the Amazon mouth, at the Atlantic shores of Brazil, an expedition totaling 5000 miles!
The twelve - month journey will run across the South American continent traversing Ecuador, Peru, Columbia and Brazil.
-It wouldn’t be the first time Mickey has to face a life-threatening situation. Diagnosed on 2010 with melanoma cancer, and now a cancer survivor, Mickey’s objective is to run EXPEDITION AMAZON 5000 as a tool to promote global awareness to the plight of other cancer patients and to raise funds along his journey to benefit Cancer Research centers as Moffitt Center and such others.
And to those who are still fighting cancer Mickey dedicates this extraordinary trek hoping to inspire and to encourage them to continue their fight despite unwavering obstacles.