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80-year-old man canoes down MS River for sick niece

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VICKSBURG, MS (WLBT) -

80-year-old Dale Sanders will be the oldest man to solo paddle the entire length of the Mississippi River.

He'll hold this title in September 2015 if he successfully navigates the rough and winding waters of the Mississippi River using "Anna", a specially designed Wenonah Canoe, according to his website.

"Anna" isn't just the name of his boat. He is paddling for his grand-niece, Anna, who has Juvenile Type 1 Diabetes. Dale is paddling to raise research funding and to raise awareness for the need of a cure.

His journey began at Lake Itasca, Minnesota in June and will end in the Gulf of Mexico.  

On Wednesday, he will arrive in Vicksburg. 70-year-old Richard Sojourner is paddling with him in his kayak. 

They've already paddled 1,903 miles with only 437 more to go.

Dale is a Navy Veteran and during his frogman days he held the Guinness Book of World Records for holding his breath at +6 minutes.

According to a canoe company at the Vicksburg Outpost, he will arrive at the Vicksburg City Front boat ramp between 4pm-7pm. They will rest and then leave Friday mid-morning.

You can follow Dale's journey on SPOT TRACKER, a site that will show his position every 10 minutes. 

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