Walking for a Cure

Noah Barnes, 11, has burned through more shoes than other kids his age this year — he’s on his 11th pair — but then none of his peers are about to become the youngest person on record to walk across America.

On Thursday, Barnes and his father, Robert, could be seen along Washington State Route 14 near Wishram, the 311th day of their more than 4,200-mile journey.

They took a short break to talk with a Chronicle reporter about the expedition that began in Key West, Fla., in early January and ends Dec. 9 in Blaine, Wash.

Rob Denning from Immense Imagery captured video footage of the interview, which will be posted on the businesses’ Facebook pages, as well as the Chronicle website, www.thedalleschronicle.com.

When the long trek is finished, Noah will have walked from the farthest southeastern point of the contiguous United States to its farthest northeastern point, yet another record.

"Less than 300 people have crossed the U.S. on foot since they started tracking these journeys,” said Robert.

Setting a new record isn’t what drives Noah to get up every day and walk 17 to 22 miles, or more. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 16 months old and has lived with insulin shots most of his life.

He longs for the day that needles and testing his blood sugar level multiple times a day is no longer a part of his routine.

“It’s like having a cold only this cold is different because it stays with you,” he explained of his condition.

Noah came up with the idea for the trip after stumbling across an article about a diabetes walk fundraiser.

“How far do I need to walk so that I can be cured,” he asked dad.

He believes the family’s quest will lead to more dollars being spent on research and an eventual cure. That is what gives him determination on rough days, such as braving the snow near Baker City earlier this week.

"Diabetes is not a ‘good’ disease so people don’t talk about it — they think you do it to yourself,” said Robert.

He said that is untrue of type 1 diabetes, which is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

“They have an idea what triggers it, but they don’t really know,” said Robert.

Diabetes is autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. The disease affects 30 million Americans, about 10 percent of the population. If not cured by 2050, the American Diabetes Association predicts that more than 100 million citizens will have the disease, which will further strain the health care system.

The classic symptoms of diabetes are frequent urination, increased thirst and hunger, and weight loss. Additional symptoms include blurry vision, strong fruity breath, nausea or vomiting, rapid and deep breathing, confusion, weakness, fatigue and poor healing.

To keep his blood sugar in a healthy range, Noah eats four to five times per day, consuming 4,000 to 6,000 calories during the walk.

“This kid can eat,” said Robert, who heats up packets of rice and chicken and other Mountain Home dehydrated specialties to give his son a warm boost on a cold day.

Sometimes people drop off gifts of food, although Robert is hesitant to allow Noah to eat anything that is not sealed.

Other times, motorists like Marilyn Singer of British Columbia, Canada, who was passing through the Gorge Wednesday, pull over to give them a monetary donation.

“Good luck Noah,” she said after taking a quick photo with the boy.

Noah said up to 50 people a day have taken time to encourage him or ask questions.

“If people see his story, they know – otherwise, we just look like homeless people,” said Robert, who pushes a cart filled with things Noah might need during long days on the road.

He and wife, Joanne, have been homeschooling Noah and his two younger siblings along the way. Their lessons are geared for the area they are traveling through, so it seemed fitting to discuss the journey of the Lewis and Clark expedition while walking along the Columbia River.

Robert also provided instruction in geology, pointing out the rock formations in the scenic corridor.

“They do book work in the morning and journal about what they did at night,” he said.

Noah posts excerpts of his video journal on www.noahsmarchfoundation.org, the website that chronicles the family expedition. Donations can be made on that site.

Some days, all three children walk but Wednesday’s cold, wet weather made mom decide to keep the younger ones, ages 4 and 8, in a nearby motel room.

For 200 days of the trip, the Barnes have stayed with people, said Robert. When housing is not available, he said motels frequently have donated a room, although some have charged full price.

There has been sleet, snow, wind and rain during the almost year-long journey, as well as blistering sun.

Noah has more than 30 badges that have been given to him by law enforcement officials and wears several of them on his bright yellow vest.

Homeless people have offered him their spare change and even walks through rough neighborhoods in some big cities have seen people reaching out to them, said Robert.

Sometimes they have been offered rides by people who feel sorry for them, thinking they are down on their luck.

“I’ve learned that people in America are really nice,” said Noah.

“We haven’t had anything negative, except some rudeness in Illinois and California drivers that have screamed at us and made hand gestures — that was really bizarre,” said Robert.

He said Google maps have identified cities that “didn’t really exist,” meaning they ended up as byways without services or amenities.

“That made things a little more difficult when we needed supplies,” said Robert.

The Barnes family started their journey at the same time as many other people were taking to the road.

They monitored the progress of these individuals on US Crossers, www.usacrossers.com, but, as the months wore on, these walkers dropped off the grid before they could meet up with them.

“There are three types of people who do this: Advocates, adventurers and athletes,” said Robert.

His family is so serious about advocating for a diabetes cure that Robert will begin a bike ride from California to Georgia in mid-December to raise further support.

The Barnes sold their home in Florida so, when all of the walking is done, they will have to decide where to live next. Joanne has family ties in Walla Walla, Wash., so that community might be given consideration.

“I just hope diabetes goes away,” said Noah of the family’s efforts.

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Immense Imagery Partners with The Dalles Chronicle

Immense Imagery and The Dalles Chronicle have partnered to create a digital platform to maximize the reporting of community events by putting readers at the scene.

“We are so excited about this partnership, it adds a new dimension to the news,” said Chelsea Marr, publisher of the Chronicle and Hood River News. “The videos produced by Immense Imagery are professional and interesting — they really capture the moment.”

The first joint project airs today; a short clip to promote the grand reopening of the historic Granada Theater, which starts Friday and continues through Sunday. (See related story.)

Immense Imagery’s video above also accompanies the story written by reporter Jesse Burkhardt can be found on the Chronicle’s Facebook page and website, www.thedalleschronicle.com.

The video was sponsored by First Community Credit Union, Griffin House and the Lyle Hotel.

“We now have a comprehensive voice to showcase the community in a way that bridges generations,” said Rob Denning, who founded Immense Imagery in The Dalles two years ago.

Since that time, the company has encapsulated not only events, such as the Northwest Cherry Festival and Families in the Park, but advertised businesses and promoted causes, such as the drive by The Next Door, Inc., to get more than 200 foster children in good homes.

On Monday, Immense Imagery will begin livestreaming The Dalles City Council meetings, so residents can watch their local government in action from the comfort of their living rooms. People wanting to tune in can do so on Immense Imagery’s Facebook page, and The Dalles Chronicle Facebook page, where they can comment, share and use emojis in response to what they see.

“The millennials are discovering that it is enjoyable to sit at the table and read their community newspaper,” said Scott Scrimshaw, managing director for Immense Imagery. “Millennials also want the option of getting their news online, and they want more interaction, so adding these videos will bridges generations.”

Last year, the Chronicle became the first newspaper in the Gorge to post an e-version of its daily paper for the convenience of readers on the go.

RaeLynn Ricarte, managing editor, said adding videos, either short clips or longer segments, will continue the paper’s push to meet the diverse needs of readers.

She said stories posted online will “pop” when Immense Imagery joins reporters in the field to add footage that makes the moment come alive.

“There is so much that happens behind the scenes during an interview that can’t really be explained in print, and some mishaps that are hilarious, and now people can be there with us,” she said.

Ricarte will be starting the Rural America series in January that will explore interesting places to visit in the Gorge. She said Denning is just quirky enough to find hilarious and poignant moments to share, so people need to stay tuned to see what he delivers.

“I think it’s great we can work with a partner in this new media,” said Mark Gibson, who implemented a new website for the Chronicle several years ago and helped get the e-version up and running. “The work of Immense Imagery has been very good quality and meshes well with the newspaper’s desire to tell the stories of this community.”

Scrimshaw said Immense Imagery is dedicated to promoting economic development in the Gorge and looks forward to also one day working with the Hood River News and White Salmon Enterprise, which are also owned by Eagle Media, the parent company of the Chronicle.

The videos produced by the company will be sponsored by newspaper advertisers, providing another avenue to get the word out about goods and services.

“We are going to be creating effective commercials that will reach beyond this region in a way that is fun and uplifting,” he said.

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Gorge Tech Alliance Spotlight

Immense Imagery is a Columbia River Gorge-based digital marketing company located in The Dalles Oregon. The company manages Social Media accounts, builds websites and creates short films. Their staff of five comes from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. “We are Filmmakers, Sound Engineers, Website Designers, Graduates in Music, Veterans of the US Armed Forces, Specialists in Digital Media, Social Media Managers and capable SEO providers,” says Scott Scrimshaw, Managing Director. “We aid agencies in getting connected, businesses in being noticed, events in being well-attended and non-profit organizations in getting funded.” Immense Imagery has experience creating both the digital content and online portals of discovery.

Scott adds, “It is our desire to capture truly amazing photographic images and film footage, to write a collaborative narrative with our clients and apply that imagery and narrative to their websites, social media platforms and short-film campaigns.” Immense Imagery introduces clients and their services as quality destinations of note. They include aerial drone work identifying the local area, the Columbia River Gorge, and their clients being easily accessible from both rural and larger metropolitan areas within the Pacific Northwest. Immense Imagery’s clients assess where their marketing dollars are going and connect with the company’s unique services when they realize that online and mobile devices have outpaced traditional media.

Immense Imagery’s experience demonstrates that in order for their clients’ efforts to be successful, there must be a high-quality digital presence across multiple platforms – i.e. Google Business Page, Facebook, website, YouTube, Instagram, etc. There must also be a shared continuity of quality. For example, a beautiful short film that refers back to a low-quality website or poorly utilized Facebook page works against the purpose of the short film, or a poorly managed Facebook page or website works against a top tier Google ranking. Immense Imagery’s Search Engine Optimization (SEO) services gain their clients a top-tier internet status, appropriately driving traffic to their places of business.

Immense Imagery is a member of the GTA to connect their services with the Gorge’s tech community and share the message of the region’s strong tech industry.  

The video below shares a sample of their impressive body of work and communicates more the mission of the company. To learn more, visit immenseimagery.com or contact Scott Scrimshaw at 541-399-0195 or email him at scott@immenseimagery.com 

About Rob Denning, Founder

Rob is an avid, Mountain biker, Kiteborder and Outdoor enthusiast. He is a graduate of England’s North Hampton School of Music. He brings an exceptional production value to Immense Imagery’s audio production as well as their filming, photography and overall project development. He has worked alongside many local Gorge-based businesses and also successful music groups including One Direction and Coldplay.

 “We’re offering a new service – to give small businesses the ability to market themselves online inside and outside the Gorge. We want to give business owners the opportunity to say what they want to say to the people they want to say it to, and then listen to that audience and respond.”

Read the original GTA Spotlight (October 2017) HERE!

An ‘Immense’ leap into marketing


A new marketing company in The Dalles is bringing an international level of expertise to the local community.

Owner Rob Denning and managing director Scott Scrimshaw officially launched the new business — Immense Imagery, LLC -— on March 8.

“We’re a new business, but we have old ties to the community,” said Scrimshaw, who lived in The Dalles in the 1990s. “We love this town.”

Denning said the business located at 401 W. Fourth Street offers high production quality and global marketing experience.

“We're different," he said. “We’re offering a new service — to give small businesses the ability to market themselves online inside and outside the Gorge. We want to give business owners the opportunity to say what they want to say to the people they want to say it to, and then listen to that audience and respond.”

“We offer engaging, dynamic digital media that really grabs attention and showcases unique things about the business,” said Scrimshaw.

The new firm offers a variety of digital services, including live streaming on Facebook, film and video that focuses equally on audio and visual attributes, music, website creation, and even the capability of filming from a drone platform.

Denning displayed an innovative website he designed for Bent River, a new restaurant in The Dalles. One portion of the site featured a live list of the beers that were currently available on tap at Bent River’s bar.

“As they change their beers, the website changes online automatically,” he pointed out. “It’s all about empowering business owners and giving them the power to market themselves.”

The business partners have some interesting backgrounds. Denning was born in San Jose, Calif., but has spent most of his life in England.

Not long ago, he was working for a record label in London that was making music for listeners in Nigeria.

He composed backing tracks and helped produce a song that was a top hit in Nigeria, and he believes his marketing push was a key reason why.

“We had a song called ‘Loving in the Morning.’ It was actually pretty bad, but we pushed it so hard,” Denning recalled, laughing. “We plugged it for four days, and two weeks later the song was climbing the charts. It was insane — how did that happen? It was riding the online buzz we’d created, and it was completely miraculous.”

Scrimshaw, a former corpsman in the U.S. Navy, served as director for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s campaign in the state of Oregon last year. Now he is hoping to bring a “big business” level of marketing “into the small business price point.”

He pointed out that the company’s philosophy is that it’s not enough to simply showcase a company; the community the business is located in needs to be highlighted as well.

“We are able to compete at the quality level of national marketing firms, but at a fraction of the cost,” Scrimshaw said.

“We're bringing not just the small businesses but also their local communities to an online and real-time audience.

“Rob and I recognize that our businesses succeed when our communities do, and our communities succeed when their small business owners do.”

Both Scrimshaw and Denning believe The Dalles is nearing a tipping point that will bring significant economic success to the community.

“The Dalles is poised for real entrepreneurial growth,” said Scrimshaw.

“In the next five years, The Dalles is going to be bigger and better and have more economic growth than anywhere else in the Gorge,” Denning added. “This is the place. I’ve lived all over the world, and this is the best place.”

To contact Immense Imagery, call 541-399-0195, or visit the company’s website: immenseimagery.com.

Read the original article by The Dalles Chronicle HERE.