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My Mother, My Friend, My Inspiration...
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My mother has always been there for me, in my hardest hours and in my finest moments.  When I was a child, she was always closely involved at my school, baking cupcakes for me to ... More ...

My mother has always been there for me, in my hardest hours and in my finest moments.  

When I was a child, she was always closely involved at my school, baking cupcakes for me to bring to class on holidays and helping me with difficult reports and projects until the bitter end. She went the extra mile so that we could partake in music lessons, sports and other enriching activities. She always encouraged me to follow my dreams and believed in me every step of the way.  

When I was a teenager, our house burned down and instead of feeling sorry for us, she packed up the van and took us on a life changing road trip down the West Coast, through Oregon and California, to the Grand Canyon and back up through Idaho, hitting all of the exciting spots on the way. 

Now, in her 50's she is following her dream. She is my inspiration.  She started mushing at 52 and at 55 she ran her first Iditarod and made it all the way to Nome.   It is never too late to follow your dreams.   

She loves to visit school kids and share her Journey...her Iditarod 2012.  A story of Determination, Strength and Courage.    With her dog team, she travelled 1049 miles across Alaska.  She not only experienced extremely challenging trails, but with it came temperatures to - 50,            

extreme winds and ground blizzards, not to mention an angry moosel.  My mother and her dogs made it all the way to Nome on her Rookie Iditarod.   I am so proud of her.  She is an inspiration not only to the school children she visits, but to all that she shares her passion with.   

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She signed up for Iditarod 2014 and I want to be there for her. Iditarod auctions off each Iditarod Musher's sled bag for the Ceremonial Start in down town Anchorage.   I won the bid and will be the Iditarider in my mother's sled, traveling together for 11 miles throught the streets of down town Anchorage.  I imagine this picture with me in the sled !That will be me in the sled with my mom!

More than anything, I want to be there in her sled at the Ceremonial Start.  I want to be there for her as she has always been there for me.  I want to send my mother off on her epic journey through the great, wild Alaskan tundra with her incredible dogs, attempting what few humans have dared to accomplish.  Over 3000 people have summited Mt. Everest.  Only 718 mushers have successfully finished the Iditarod.  Only 120 of the finishers were women.  

This is an experience of a lifetime for both my mother and me.  A memory that will be created together, to hang onto for the rest of our lives.  

You can help make this dream a reality by helping me cover the cost of my bid and my travel from Vienna to Anchorage.  In exchange I will write about the experience and share photos and stories on my blog. Please donate now. Thank you for helping to make a beautiful dream come true.

Sincerely, Nicolina

Nicolina Johnson moved from Edmonds to New York in 2002 and is now traveling the world with her art. 

She is most known for her project Hearts of the World, which brings art to underprivileged children around the world while promoting greater understanding between cultures. She is also the founder of the Free Art Society who's mission is to propose that making art is a common human impulse and essential to building communities based on the principles of freedom, beauty and understanding.

Her next project, The Aces of Perception, which will debut in the Museumquartier of Vienna, Austria, is a collaboration with artist Pérola Bonfanti which combines public art and technology. It will launch this September on the streets of Vienna.  

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