MILES of Inspiration






$90,000.00 Goal

20 Funders

20 Funders


 $90,000.00   Goal

Contribution : $

Product Description

Welcome to my crowd-funding initiative 🙂

I would like to invite you to buy a mile or 2, or 50 and dedicate that mile/s to an inspirational woman – a woman who has inspired you in your life.

evelyn-elizabeth-ditton-smaalPart of my motivation is to raise funds, but the primary goal is to encourage me to keep rowing on the days when the rowing is really tough. And there will be those days. There may be many. I can’t think of anything more motivating to get me out of my bunk, than rowing in the name of 35-50 women per day – women who have in turn inspired others.

Email me a photograph (if you have one) and pen a quick line as to why this woman has inspired you, because I want to row each and every one of these fabulous women with me across the Pacific Ocean.

This is going to be an incredible human story.

4,500 inspirational women and me

Together we can do this

#LiaCan #ifLiaCaniCan


Mile Sponsors

Dedicated To
Message of Inspiration
Very Proud of your Efforts !
A pleasure to have you speak at the Sausalito Yacht Club !!
October 17, 2017
Captain Howard Fisher
God speed Lia!
October 02, 2017
Juong Suk Yoon
Go Lia! In 1966, my mother left her first born son (only 1 years old) in Korea and came to the US to seek a better life. She eventually went back for her son but without her courage and sacrifice, I would not be here today. My mother started running when she was 56 and proceeded to run a dozen marathons after that. Her last one was when she was 71 years old. She's my hero and you are my hero as well. Go Lia Go!!! This picture is my mom and my daughter who is 3.
August 22, 2017
To my Dad Lingui who is suffering stage 4 liver cancer
Be positive and passion to welcome sun rising every day.
August 16, 2017
My Mother Joyce Bales
Dear Lia,
Your adventurous spirit, determination, and commitment remind me of my amazing mother who recently journeyed on to the next life this year. The sea was always an amazing source of joy, inspiration, and beauty for her. She was an accomplished scuba diver and explorer. At 18 she left her native California and made her way to Germany with nothing but an adventurous spirit. She later raised three children on her own and taught us to be fearless with the confidence that we could do anything. She explored many beautiful oceans and waters during this life, and her spirit will always be home there. As you embark on your great trek across the pacific, know that you are not alone. The great winds and waters are your ally and cheer you on as we all do.

In excitement, gratitude, and joy for your amazing spirit,
Stephan Keya Wilmas
June 01, 2017
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6358 Delmar Blvd
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June 01, 2017
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June 01, 2017
June 01, 2017
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June 01, 2017
My loves
6358 Delmar Blvd
Suite 4444
June 01, 2017
My loves
6358 Delmar Blvd
Suite 4444
June 01, 2017
Gwen Griffin
For Mum, an inspiration to me.
April 09, 2017
You! And the city of San Francisco
There I was, out for a routine Friday morning stroll along the South Beach Marina in San Francisco, and I came across a woman who plans to row across the Pacific. How cool is that?! Thank you Lia, and thank you too, SF!
March 12, 2017
Tari Prinster
I did a 72-day solo on the Pacific in a 35-foot sail boat. People think *that* was a big deal!

I think you're a big deal !!!

Best of luck,

March 06, 2017
My mother
She sacrificed to send me to college
February 04, 2017
Mary Elizabeth Stone
Liz Stone took up rowing at the age of 65 and competed in 18 annual Head of the Charles Regattas, twice winning her division. She last participated in this regatta at the age of 86. She passed away in 2016. The boathouse at the Open Water Rowing Center in Sausalito has been named in memory of her.
February 03, 2017
Dr. Jessica Evert, Univ. of California at San Francisco
Jessica is a WonderWoman on land just as you are at sea. She treats patients, directs an organization that places students in overseas health-disadvantaged situations, carries out studies of those working in "global health," takes on overseas consulting assignments, and raises her daughters and son together with her husband. I listened to you on Feb. 1, 2017, at the Cruising Club of America luncheon. Great talk, well delivered. All the best, Tom Hall
February 02, 2017
Nana Maria ( also a granny sun)
My nana was very Italian , a great cook, seamstress and knitter, crocheter. She was a master of canasta, poker, manhattens, smoked pot and was a true party girl. Very passionate about life, accepting and positive!! She always encouraged me, supported me and was fun to hang out with as a young person. I became a great chef, teacher, retailer, caterer, sailor and sea lover because of her inspirations. We are all blue minds!!
Read " the blue mind" if you haven't already!!!
I really enjoyed your talk at the Corinthinan yacht club and wish you a successful journey!!
January 15, 2017
Verna Perkins
January 13, 2017
Maureen McDonough Roddy
Mo inspires me every time I see her out and about with a broken back! And you inspire me because as a collegiate rower in those skinny carbon boats for a max of 4,000 metres, I have a slight sense of how hard you will have to work!
January 13, 2017
Emily Howell Warner
Emily Howell Warner was the first female hired as a pilot by a major airline in the United States. She opened the door for other women and myself to pursue our dream of a flying career. In the late 1960's and early 70's he was a flight instructor instructing male pilots for the airlines. She was good enough to instruct these male pilots, but told she couldn't be hired to fly with these same pilots for the airlines. In 1973 that changed when she was finally hired by Frontier Airlines.
January 13, 2017
Stuart McLaughlin
My Mom and my wife
I was inspired by your amazing goal at a breakfast hosted by Bob Bransten.
December 17, 2016
Andrea (Andi) and Lisa Overton
Thekla Hogstrom (Oma) and Norma Overton (Gran)
These women are my mother and mother-in-law, and Lisa's grandmothers. My mother Thekla emigrated to the US from Germany as a child and quickly assimilated. She was strong, strong-willed, and compassionate, with a fierce love of family.
My mother-in-law survived childhood rheumatic fever and graduated from Connecticut College at age 16. She taught in NYC inner city schools where she fought for equal rights for girls and minorities, then became a high school guidance counselor. In retirement, she nurtured Lisa through adolescence and guided us all with her wisdom, sense of justice and deep love.
We miss them both.
December 10, 2016
Sean Sankey
Toni Sankey
My mum is a woman of unreal character, spirit and fun. She's overcome all kinds of trials relationally, professionally and with her health and yet she powers on with a smile and a twinkle making a positive (if sometimes zany!) difference in the lives of all those she comes across. Tony Sankey - you're a legend. I love you. xx Sean
December 06, 2016
Patricia Barry
Kay Lucas
1220 Park Avenue
Apt 1B
December 02, 2016
Debra Howard
May Dunleavy
I am the nurse I am today because of her exceptional gift of practicing nursing as an art and a science for 45 years, and her caring, grace, mentoring, humor professionalism, and love of mankind, especially being truly in the trenches during the early years of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco and she continued until her retirement in 1996.
She is one in a million.
December 02, 2016
Maureen Roddy
Mary McDonough, Malia Roddy, Betsy Alison, Barbara Roberts and Barbara White
Mary is my mother, she inspired me to dream big and how to be courageous and graceful facing death. Malia has inspired me to to fearless. Betsy has inspired me to give back to my community. Barbara has shown me how to be a flea under a collar, to not be afraid to stand up for what you believe. Barbara White is my hero, lost her 14 year old son to Leukemia and has faced life since with more courage than I have ever witnessed from anyone!
December 01, 2016