The Journey Begins
July 12, 2014

In America in 2013 there were 585,720 cancer deaths, Maire became one of those statistics.

24-year old Michigan resident and former U.S. Army PFC Maire Kent lost her battle to cardiac sarcoma a rare cancer of the heart. Her dying wish, which stemmed from the childrens' book that she learned to read from as a child, "Paddle to the Sea", was that her ashes would go into a wooden sailboat handcrafted by blind carpenter George Wurtzel. Along with Maire's remains would be placed photos of others who lost the battle to cancer.

Maire's message on the boat reads:

My name is Maire. I died of cardiac sarcoma cancer. This boat has my ashes in it and I’m making my way to the ocean. If you find me, please set me back on my path. I will bless you from Heaven. If I have reached the ocean, please let my brothers and sisters know. You can reach them on my Facebook page “Maire’s Journey.”


This summer, Maire and her boat will take a journey from the Great Lakes of northern Michigan to some 1,400 miles to the eastern seaboard.

  • Who will help her along the way?
  • What will inspire those who do?
  • Will anyone care?

  • We will watch her story unfold on the big screen as part of a feature documentary by Emmy winning producers/directors Keith Famie and John Feist.


    We all dream of sailing off into the sunset; Maire will do just that.
    Where her journey takes her and the lives she touches along the way will teach us all a great lesson about living and dying.

    Please consider being a part of the crew that helps Maire get to the ocean.

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