George 2018

"Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones."~ Phillips Brooks

George MoumourisDaedalus 2018

Alter ego:    DAEDALUS

In Greek mythology, Daedalus was a renowned skillful craftsman, architect and artisan. His greatest designs were inspired and realized during the time he lived on the island of Crete with his son, Icarus. Among his unique projects were masts and sails for ships conceived for the navy of King Minos and the infamous and intricate Labyrinth that was built to keep the Minotaur (part man and part bull, eventually vanquished by Theseus). With such a brilliant innovator in his kingdom, King Minos of Crete would not allow Daedalus and Icarus to leave Crete so that no other kingdom would have the excellent craftsmanship and unique constructions designed by Daedalus.

Captivity was not an option that Daedalus could accept for himself and his son, even though they had all the luxuries available to them. He could not leave Crete by sea, as the king kept strict watch on all vessels, permitting none to sail without being carefully searched. Since Minos controlled the land and sea routes, Daedalus set to work to fabricate wings for himself and his young son designed as a wing inspired glider securing feathers at their midpoints with string and at their bases with wax. When both were prepared for flight, Daedalus warned Icarus not to fly too high, because the heat of the sun would melt the wax, nor too low, because the sea foam would soak the feathers.

Father and son flew successfully for hundreds of kilometers northward and by then Icarus gained so much confidence and, forgetting himself, began to soar upward toward the sun. The blazing sun softened the wax which held the feathers together and they loosened and quickly started to shed. Icarus tumbled into the sea and drowned. His heartbroken father grieved and blamed his own arts as what led to the loss of his son. Daedalus called the island near where Icarus fell into the ocean Icaria in memory of his beloved child. (Although some mythology states that, at the last moment, the goddess Athena took pity on the falling lad and transformed him into an eagle that soared to safety.)

Many stories followed regarding the continued brilliance of Daedalus. His story encourages us to consider the long-term consequences of our own actions with great care, to make sure the result is to do more good.

The ID300 warrior:

Our teammate, George, will be riding in his fourth event this year after a one year break in between events. Our Daedalus can connect with the technical creativity and unfaltering dedication that drove his alter ego to find a solution to something he could not just sit back and accept. It is his ID300 mission to play an active role and employ his skills, energy and initiative and join the battle to conquer cancer.

Please encourage George with your donation to help him reach his fundraising goal.