WBEZ | Michele Baldwin http://www.wbez.org/tags/michele-baldwin Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: In Memoriam-Michele Baldwin http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-09/global-activism-memoriam-michele-baldwin-96268 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-10/michele 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Doing <em>Global Activism</em> stories, we meet a lot of memorable people, but one person was especially hard to forget. Last October, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-27/global-activism-paddling-down-ganges-fight-cervical-cancer-93540">we spoke with Michele Baldwin</a>, right before she left to <a href="http://starryganga.com/">stand-up paddle 700 miles down India’s Ganges River</a> to raise awareness and money for the <a href="http://giahc.org">Global Initiative against HPV and Cervical Cancer</a>.</p><p>In November, Michele successfully completed the trip. It was wildly successful and received a lot of coverage in India. Her story was personal because Michele was in the final stages of terminal Cervical Cancer.</p><p>We were saddened to hear that Michele, mother of three children, passed away this Sunday (2/5/12) at age 45. We send our sincere condolences to Michele’s family and friends.</p><p>As Michele undertook her final journey, her mother Ruth, posted this message on Michele’s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Starry-Ganga-SUP-Expedition-for-HPVCervical-Cancer/101174809992264">blog</a>:</p><p><em>And now Michele Baldwin, our daughter, is on the last river of her life, her Buddhist journey. And even doing that, as she says "actively dying", she is continuing her message to all women: "end this disease. Get tested. Get a Pap today if you haven't.</em></p></p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 15:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-09/global-activism-memoriam-michele-baldwin-96268 Global Activism: Paddling down the Ganges to fight cervical cancer http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-27/global-activism-paddling-down-ganges-fight-cervical-cancer-93540 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-27/Michele_Baldwin_Starry_Ganga_Expedition-1878_WEB-SM.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Thursdays on <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_self">Global Activism</a>, </em>we hear about an individual who’s trying to make the world a better place.</p><p>When diagnosed with a terminal illness, many people switch course. In that respect, forty-five-year-old New Mexico resident Michele Baldwin is no different. When she received her diagnosis of terminal cervical cancer, she too made a change of plans.</p><p>But, her new plan is extraordinary. Baldwin, who’s a river guide, decided to embark on a <a href="http://starryganga.com/" target="_blank">700-mile journey down the Ganges River</a> in India on a standup paddle board. She’s using the expedition to raise money for the <a href="http://giahc.org" target="_blank">Global Initiative against HPV and Cervical Cancer</a>.</p><p>Her voyage began on October 17. She stopped by our studios on Navy Pier before she left.</p><p>Michele’s big idea was, in part, inspired by paddling on the Rio Grande.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>To hear more stories of people making a difference, check out the </em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_self">Global Activism <em>page</em></a><em>, where you can also suggest a person or organization for the series. Or, email your suggestions to <a href="mailto:worldview@wbez.org"><strong>worldview@wbez.org</strong></a> and put “Global Activism” in the subject line. Global Activism is also a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/podcasts" target="_self">podcast</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 16:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-27/global-activism-paddling-down-ganges-fight-cervical-cancer-93540