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After cancer, white-water kayaking is a small hurdle for First Descents campers

Updated: September 9, 2010, 2:13 PM ET
By Anna Katherine Clemmons | ESPN.com

There is a moment when every novice kayaker must decide whether to be rescued or to save himself. He is paddling through white water but because he tilted too far to the right, or swiveled around to look for his friend, or simply lost his focus, he flips over. As quick as a snap of the fingers, he is submerged, swinging like the pendulum on a grandfather clock as he tries mightily to right himself, perhaps glimpsing the surface before gravity pulls him back under. He is submerged, upside-down.

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