WHY PADDLING ACROSS THE OCEAN IS
THE BIGGEST FUN-RAISER FOR
PACIFIC CANCER FOUNDATION


In the 9th Annual Paddle for Life, hundreds of cancer survivors and supporters will journey across the open ocean in canoes to embark on a challenging physical, mental and emotional journey that can only be achieved through perseverance, determination and teamwork.


 
Photo by Michael Fish of Maui Wedding Adventures
Photo by Michael Fish of Maui Wedding Adventures

On October 7th, over 300 cancer survivors and supporters will paddle six-person outrigger canoes across the 'Au'au channel from Lahaina to Lana'i, a 34-mile round trip journey, to raise funds for the Pacific Cancer Foundation in their 9th Annual Paddle for Life fundraiser.

Each paddler is required to raise at least $200. Paddlers may join a crew, or be assigned to one. The event takes place over two days, beginning at 7am on October 7th on Hanakao'o Beach Park in Lahaina with an opening ceremony. After arriving in Manele Bay in Lana'i, paddlers will prepare for overnight camping and a celebratory dinner. The following morning after breakfast, the crews paddle back to Lahaina to enjoy a commemorative lunch on the beach.

 
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Though the event itself takes place over just two days, training, fundraising and partnerships begin many months before, and the uplifting energy lingers far afterwards. Almost half the participants are cancer survivors and most everyone is connected to friends or family with cancer. Many paddlers take laminated photos in memory of loved ones or in honor of those battling cancer.
 
Photo by Michael Fish of Maui Wedding Adventures
Photo by Michael Fish of Maui Wedding Adventures

In addition to monetary donations, all kinds of gifts have been streaming in from the Maui 'Ohana to support the theme of nurturing health. Massage therapists will travel on the ferry to meet paddlers as they arrive on Lana'i, healthful meals will be served in consultation with a nutritionist, and access to Yoga and Chi Gung classes, gyms and personal trainers are already in use.
 
Photo by Michael Fish of Maui Wedding Adventures
Photo by Michael Fish of Maui Wedding Adventures

"I have been racing in outrigger canoes for three years and this is a strenuous paddle with water changes and unpredictable wind conditions. When I learned that people who've recently undergone mastectomies and chemotherapy were doing this, I was amazed. After participating in last year's event, I decided to offer free yoga classes to PCF clients and it's been inspiring to meet cancer patients in various stages be committed to regaining their full mobility and health," said Sookie Kunst of Good Karma Yoga.

The paddlers need all your support. You can help support our efforts by either registering as a participant, donating to a paddler, the cause, or becoming an event sponsor. 

 
Photo by Michael Fish of Maui Wedding Adventures
Photo by Michael Fish of Maui Wedding Adventures


About Pacific Cancer Foundation
 
The Pacific Cancer Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2005 by a group of concerned health care professionals and cancer survivors. The Foundation's mission is to provide Access, Knowledge and Support to all those affected by cancer in Maui County. To learn more, visit www.pacificcancerfoundation.org, or call us at (808) 242-7661.