It was about eight months into her fight with heart cancer that 24-year-old Maire Kent knew she was going to die.
Inspired by her favorite children’s book, “Paddle to Sea,” in which a boy carves a wooden boat and sets it free in the Great Lakes, Kent turned to her family and said, “I want to do that. I want to go to the ocean. Cremate me and put my ashes in a boat. I want to go from Lake Michigan to the Atlantic Ocean.”