On March 7 2014, Examiner.com published an article about Angela Scott. Mrs. Scott lost her sister, Natalie Dunn to Breast cancer. In a way of expressing her grief over the loss of her sister, Mrs. Scott plans to offer free kayak lessons and tours to breast cancer patients, survivors and their families in memory of her sister Natalie.
“Inspired by Natalie’s memory, I would like to start offering the free kayak trips at Lake Summit as soon as the weather gets above 55 degrees consistently. She owns more than 20 kayaks, along with paddles, life jackets and helmets, and would like to take people out in groups of five.”
Lake Summit is in Tuxedo, near Flat Rock and Hendersonville North Carolina.
At the time, although Mrs. Scott’s expression of grief over the memory of her sister appeared a meaningful gesture it also seemed negligible compared to the tens of thousands of women who suffer and died from breast cancer each year.
According to the American Cancer Society, “In 2014, there will be an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 585,720 cancer deaths in the US. Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.”
However, one of the significant discoveries about Mrs.Scott’s desire to “paddle against cancer” is that there is an international movement involving millions of people, many of them survivors who share Mrs.Scott’s good intentions. The following is a brief list.
Welcome to esca's Paddle for Cancer Dragonboat Festival.
The esca Paddle for Cancer Dragonboat festival is the annual cancer awareness raising and fundraising event organized by the English speaking cancer association (esca) in Geneva.
Every year in the Geneva area alone, over 2000 people hear those terrifying words, “You have cancer”. An estimated 600 of them are a part of the international community in which English is the primary language.
The English-speaking cancer association was started to respond to the specific needs of these patients and their loved ones.
Our professionals and trained volunteers, many of whom are cancer survivors, come from all corners of the globe with one thing in common: we communicate in English and we want to help.
The 2014 Paddle for Cancer festival will be held on 31 August 2014 on the shores of the Lac de Joux in l’Abbaye, Switzerland.
Online registration will open on March 1, 2014 and registrations are handled on a first come, first serve basis.
The Castaways are a diverse group from all walks of life. Our team is made up of teachers, a firefighter, community leaders, stay-at-home dads, geophysical scientists, logistics experts, a financial executive, a lawyer, and celebrity wildlife experts. We live in various parts of Florida, Virginia, Mississippi and Georgia. Most have roots in South Florida, but all have come together for a common goal.
We invite you to get to know our crew and learn more about the history of the Castaways. Choose a link to the right and see for yourself how one man's passion and vision brought together a group of strangers to form this amazing team.
The Flatwater Foundation is dedicated to providing those diagnosed with cancer, their families and loved ones access to mental health therapy and family support. This includes access to traditional methods of psychological counseling, as well as an integrated approach to wellness via access to yoga, meditation, group exercise and personal training.
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition
333 Weymouth Street, #13
Rockland, MA 02370
Phone (617) 376-6222
Toll Free (800) 649-6222
Fax (339) 788-9115
Your Choice: Participate in 1, 2, 3 or 4 of the 6 events
Our 1 mile swim event consists of your choice of either a competitive or recreational heat. Swimmers have the option of doing just the swim or doing the Aquathlon and transitioning into the 5K or 10K run directly after the competitive swim. All swimmers will be in proximity to a safety kayak should the need for help arise. A time clock is available on the beach at both events for all swimmers to be timed, and all swimmers’ times will be captured by event officials and listed on our website post-event. It is important that you check in with our event officials managing these clocks in order to ensure that they have captured your time.
Our 5K runs in both Hopkinton and Brewster are either competitive or recreational, although all runners are timed, and results will be posted after the event. These runs take place on stroller- and wheelchair-friendly paved roadways within each of the state parks. The routes are clearly marked.
Our 3 mile walk in both Hopkinton and Brewster is held on paved, stroller-and wheelchair-friendly roadways within each of the state parks.
There are a number of complimentary kayaks available to our participants by our generous sponsors. This is a very popular event, however, and kayaks are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Boating in Boston is our Hopkinton kayak sponsor and Goose Hummock is our Cape Cod kayak sponsor. After all the complimentary kayaks have been reserved, you will need to bring your own kayak (we can provide assistance in loading/unloading). We encourage anyone who has their own kayak to bring it for their own use.
August 2-3, 2014
Waterfront Park - Burlington, Vermont (Northern Vermont)
A dragon boat is a human-powered boat traditionally made of wood and is a kind of traditional Long Boat found throughout Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. At this unique festival, over 80 teams compete in dragon boat racing (a sport that originated in China over 200 years ago) to raise money for individuals battling cancer and to send out an inspirational message encouraging all cancer survivors to live life to the fullest.
August 7-10, 2014
This festival promises exciting events and activities within a spectacular setting: Burlington’s waterfront on the shores of Lake Champlain. Stroll along the shores from venue to venue; view the classic boats, long boats, canoes, and kayaks; watch Dragon boat demonstrations. Experience boat building, sample local fare, enjoy music and bring the children for hands-on exhibits along the spectacular shores of Burlington Vermont’s Waterfront. The Waterfront Wine & Food Tasting takes place at the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival in Burlington’s Waterfront Park. More than 40 participating exhibitors will be featured!
Kayak Against Cancer/www.kayakagainstcancer.co.uk/
As with most ideas, a seed is planted and it grows. Having recently rediscovered kayaking after many years away from it, I had the bright idea of doing something for charity. Recently, my girlfriend lost her Dad to a brain tumor and, as my family had gone through the same thing in 2004 with Mum. plus my Dad had cancer shortly after as well (fortunately, he survived!) the seed had grown into this; a little trip to Lands End from Seaton (Devon) in a kayak, by sea, for Cancer Research UK.
By Lillian Cox
John G Hall
Charlotte Canoeing Examiner