Despite scratch, DeeDee left a mark on the Iditarod trail
DeeDee Jonrowe may have scratched from the Iditarod, but she was still on the race route.
Some of the checkpoints were pink with gifts her fans didn’t get to give -- like a headband in Nikolai and a sun catcher in Anvik.
Her fans in Unalakleet had something even bigger in mind. A party to say "thank you" to the iconic musher whose place in the community dates back decades.
"You’re real. I hope I can say it well enough," Jonrowe told the crowd. "And all the people that come through are going to get a taste of it, cuz there’s nothing like it."
Jonrowe says her supporters are more than fans -- they’re family. While she may not be mushing right now, she’s still on a mission to empower others.
"I don't want to retire and not be valuable," Jonrowe said. "I want my life to mean something to somebody."
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