My pal, Kirstie Pike (Prois Hunting Apparel), and I heard that and we saw that attitude as our guide Robert Eddins, of RO Drift Boats, Bozeman, Mont., rowed us down the Madison River for a little outing in the pink boat.
The “pink boat,” aka Judy — was named for Ian Davis’s mom, who died of breast cancer. He is one of the owners of the boat and co-owns Yellow Dog Flyfishing in town.
At first, it seemed that some anglers stood bewildered that a guy would be out in a pink boat, and also, (thank you, Robert) a pink shirt. And then, when the guys on the river read “Rowing for the Cure” on the side of the boat, they got it. In fact, only 11 days old today, the boat has raised thousands of dollars for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Montana, affiliate. A 16-foot drift boat, created by Eddins and crew at the family-owned firm, based on their most popular model, it also contains a donations box. This box received a few donations from guys today that reached in their pockets, and who knows who they thought of when they made the donation? For it seems these days, no one has not been affected by this thing called breast cancer.
You may read about the reasons for the boat here in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle’s article, but suffice it to say, these folks in Bozeman are on to a good thing. We got a few honks from cars and trucks on the nearby road and a whole lot of smiles and waves. The boat’s mission is to visit Western cities, in the hands of skilled guides, promoting awareness and collecting money to fund more breast cancer research — so maybe people will not have to name pink boats after their moms, sisters, daughters or other women (or men) they love.