Kayak for a Cure this summer
A paddle to support cancer research, care and recovery is set down for August 25 this year, after the Comox Valley's first two years of Kayak for a Cure raised an impressive $44,000.
"Volunteers come out and fundraise over a couple of months then we reward everyone's hard work with a day of kayaking out here in Comox and a barbeque afterwards," explained local organizer Blaine Brown, who's endured his own battle with cancer.
"My diagnosis was devastating in my households," Brown wrote on the Kayak for a Cure website. "Kayak for a Cure gave me a set of goals, and on some days a reason to get out of bed."
The 2012 paddle will launch from Courtenay Marina Park at 2020 Cliffe Avenue, following the river into Comox Harbour, eventually beaching at Goose Spit Regional Park for a break to refuel for the return.
"You will experience all the surrounding beauty of the Comox Valley and surrounding waters all while making a difference in the fight against Cancer," Brown said.
The trip is an easy 8km, approximatley 3.5 hours, which is suitable for every level of paddler. All gear is provided and the event is fully guided by qualified paddlers and chase boats.
"All our money this year is benefiting Inspire Health, which is BC-based cancer research and cancer care in all forms," Brown explained. " They use the traditional medicinal care as well as some alternative therapies. Basically they're utilizing the latest research for their care for cancer patients."
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