Every year, groups of paddlers gather for a 24-hour fundraiser. This is the 4th year we’ve participated in Wrightsville Beach, NC.
What is the 24?
First, some background:
Cancer is a taker.
It wants everything from us – our health our confidence, our families.
And it is relentless. Statistics say 1 in 3 people
will arm wrestle with cancer.
But what about the other 2 people?
Our job is to stand in the gap. Fill that void with love,
compassion and our ability to GO when our friends can’t.
This is what the 24 is all about.
What cancer can’t touch is our spirit, our drive and our will
to live every day to its fullest potential. We want to
inspire communities to give back in a very grass roots way.
At our core, we believe three very key things.
1. Help families who are dealing with cancer.
2. Inspire people and communities to not let life pass them by.
Get going – do the things you love.
3. Have fun.
In 2015 a group of 6 paddlers got together with the idea of paddling for
24 hours relay style. Our goals were modest and simple. Have fun. 2. Inspire our community 3. Raise some grass roots funds to help families dealing with the chaos that cancer causes.
We were blown away. Not only did we have fun and rally our community but we raised $7,000.00 by doing what we loved – to benefit others.
The second year the 24 moved beyond Seattle to seven cities (one for each envelope from the prior year) across the U.S and Canada. INCLUDING WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH!
Each team had the same goals. As a combined group we raised $50k. That is 50 families we were able to help.
Our third year we grew to 22 teams across the U.S and Canada and
after all was said and done – as a collective group we raised $145K.
Our fourth year we grew to 26 cities with multipule teams across the
U.S and Canada and after all was said and done – as a collective
group we raised $156K.
Seriously, it requires a double take every time.
This community is wonderful.
This is a significant number. In the cancer process year 5 is a beacon of hope. A celebration if you will, of things getting back to normal and a way forward – free from the constant worry.
On April 13 / 14 2019 – Seattle will be joined by 30 plus teams across the US, Canada and the Caman Islands including WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH. We will all gather together as a community to paddle and say to cancer – “You can’t take today. Today is ours.”
Thank you so much for your support.
DONATE HERE. EACH CITY WILL BE PULLING FOR LOCAL FAMILIES
- 24 Wrightsville Beach
- 24 Bellingham
- 24 Morro Bay
- 24 Port Dover
- 24 Kelowna
- 24 Vancouver Island
- 24 Naramata
- 24 – Frenchman’s Bay
- 24 Vancouver
- 24 Hood River
- 24 Nicola Valley
- 24 Charleston SC
- 24 Kootenay
- 24 Tri-Cities
- 24 Kauai
(If you are in the 24 and aren’t listed, comment on this post and we will add you.)