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Many people with disabilities miss out on the everyday activities that many of us take for granted. The water can be a healing place for people that are suffering or have been through a traumatic event. Kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding are a few ways people can relieve stress and begin to heal. Getting on the water can be a struggle for those individuals due to physical limitations.


Paddle for Heroes, a small veteran’s organization, works diligently to involve veterans, first responders, and others with river clean-ups, community projects, disaster relief, and healing through paddling.The organization works with local organizations to do yearly river clean-ups so that everyone can enjoy the rivers.

Founder Steven Fleming with Feller.

Ways to Partner With Us.

ADA Accessible Kayak Launch Fundraiser

Paddle for Heroes wanted to contribute to the community of Mount Vernon, Ohio. Installing an ADA Accessible Kayak Launch at Ariel-Foundation Park will allow the local and surrounding community members a place to come where they could enjoy the comforts and enjoyment of the water, without the concern of deciding how to get in and out of their kayak or canoe. Paddle for Heroes has worked with the community and raised over $30,000 to install the launch. 

We are happy to announce that the launch was installed on June 6th, 2019! 

We are now looking for ways to continue to help those that would like to enjoy the water but don't always have the resources. A donation to Paddle for Heroes would help us provide adaptive paddling equipment such as kayaks, paddles, life jackets ,and more to those that would not be able to purchase them on their own.

Our mission is to involve veterans, first responders, and others with river clean ups, community projects, disaster relief and healing through the paddling.

Paddle for Heroes was organized on behalf of veterans and others that have suffered traumatic events that deserve the opportunity to enjoy the little things in life and to be given the opportunity to heal.

We Believe
  • We believe that nature and water are powerful in the healing process.
  • We believe that individuals should have access to the same activities no matter their physical or mental status.
  • We believe that healing and enjoyment is unique to each individual and if we can help just a few, that is going a long way.
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ADA Accessible Kayak Launch

The goal of Paddle for Heroes is dedicated to providing access to our waterways for all. We believe that paddling is therapeutic for the mind and body. 

Paddle for Heroes dedication to those with disabilities is seen daily in our ADA Compliant Kayak Launches. We are committed to the continuation of fund raising to allow all the ability to access our waterways.  We are steadfast in our commitment.

Our specific objectives for this endeavor are to:

  • Raise funds to install ADA Accessible Kayak Launches at Ariel-Foundation Park and The William R. Gaines Jr. Memorial Park.

  •  Help our community and those that have disabilities get back on the water easily and safely.

  •  Allow those that have not been able to enjoy the water because of a disability to have access to the activities they enjoy most.

  • Promote outdoor activities that support healing and health.




Officer Thomas Cottrell

Danville Police Dept

End of Watch January 17, 2016

Each year a group of Veterans, First Responders, and Supporters journey as a collective unit from Mount Vernon, Ohio to Marietta, Ohio. Our journey each year is dedicated to one of our fallen heroes.

This 160-mile paddle is key to raising awareness of our mission and brings positive enlightenment regarding our Hero community. 

Witness for yourselfhow strangers come together to support a common mission and leave as family. The impact that these relationships create in our communities is vital to awareness and support. We have had overwhelming support from small towns and communities along the way. Won't you join us? 

Contact Paddle for Heroes

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PFH Team paddling into the lock.
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