Nationwide family-friendly stand up paddling fundraiser wraps up its 8th year.
San Diego, CA, December 30, 2019 – Standup for the Cure, the nationwide stand up paddling event that has raised over 1.3 million dollars to support breast cancer detection, treatment and education, has wrapped up another successful year. More than 1,600 participants, including survivors, advocates, and paddling enthusiasts joined forces in 2019 at the annual Standup for the Cure (SUFTC) fundraisers located at Newport Dunes Resort in Newport Beach, CA, Ross Park in Norton Shores, MI and at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, WA. Over $100,000 was raised from the three events for our beneficiaries that support local breast health screening, services and research.
“Standup for the Cure’s focus is to introduce non-paddlers to the healthy lifestyle of stand up paddling while building a supportive community bound by the desire to save lives through early breast cancer detection while we search for a cure,” stated Executive Director Dan Van Dyck.
The family-friendly events included both beginner and experienced standup paddlers, as well as “dry-foot” participants who enjoy activities on land, including yoga classes. Free breast cancer and skin cancer screenings were provided by Presenting Partners, Kaiser Permanente (Orange County, Ca) and Mercy Health (Muskegon, Mi). The events also included live music and lunch as well as opportunities to win prizes through the raffle and silent auction.
“As a survivor, I know how powerful we are when we come together to support each other. Every year at our events, I am so grateful to this strong community that is united in their unceasing commitment to support women with breast cancer. We see firsthand our incredible potential to save lives,” said Jennifer Jurgens, president of Standup for the Cure. “Every day, over 700 women are diagnosed with breast cancer nationally. The fundraising from Standup for the Cure attacks breast cancer on two fronts; it helps women find breast cancer early, when it is most treatable, while also funding leading-edge research into metastatic disease and cures.”
Since its inception in 2012, Standup for the Cure has raised more than $1.35 million for beneficiaries, including the Susan G. Komen organization, Hackley Community Care and the Van Andel Institute. In addition, more than 1,800 women have received breast cancer and skin cancer screenings free-of-charge at Standup for the Cure events held across the United States, including Newport Beach, CA, Miami, Fla, Seattle, WA and Muskegon, MI.
About Standup for the Cure
Standup for the Cure is a nonprofit, 501c3 formed for the express purpose of raising funds and awareness for early breast cancer detection while building a compassionate, supportive community Founded in 2011, Standup for the Cure is fully supported by generous donations from their presenting and title partners and a host of vendors and volunteers who take part each year. Standup for the Cure has now raised over $1,350,000 for support of local breast cancer programs and leading-edge research. Learn more about Standup for the Cure at suftc.org.
About Susan G. Komen® and Komen Orange County
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Orange County is working to better the lives of those that face breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Orange County MORE THAN PINK Walk, Komen Orange County has invested more than $40 million in community breast health programs and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in research. For more information, call 714-957-9157 or visit komenoc.org.
About Hackley Community Care
Hackley Community Care (HCC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center that has been providing quality health care services since 1992. Our services initiated from humble beginnings to address the issue of pre-term, low birthweight babies. Hackley Community Care has continuously expanded to provide an array of services that include full primary care, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy (Community Care Pharmacy), home based and school based services, and other supporting programs such as Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Komen Breast Health, and BCCCNP services, to name a few. All of our services are designed to meet the needs of the underserved in our community. Learn more about HCC at http://www.hackleycommunitycare.org/.
About Van Andel Institute
Van Andel Institute (VAI) is an independent nonprofit biomedical research and science education organization committed to improving the health and enhancing the lives of current and future generations. Established by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, VAI has grown into a premier research and educational institution that supports the work of more than 400 scientists, educators and staff. Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), VAI’s research division, is dedicated to determining the epigenetic, genetic, molecular and cellular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases and translating those findings into effective therapies. The Institute’s scientists work in onsite laboratories and participate in collaborative partnerships that span the globe. Learn more about Van Andel Institute at vai.org.
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