If you’re on Maui this weekend (Oct. 15-16), then check out the third annual Paddle for Life fundraising event. This is in support of the Pacific Cancer Foundation of Maui, a non-profit that cares for those whose lives have been touched by cancer.

A crew from last year’s Paddle for Life make their way from Maui to Lanai.

Crews will launch from Kaanapali Beach this Saturday, paddle across the Auau Channel, around the backside of Lanai and land at Manele Bay. After spending the night, the crews will return to Kaanapali the next day. Enjoy your Hawaiian vacation with a celebration dinner under the stars at Maui’s Hulopoe Beach Park on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning, there will be a continental breakfast send-off at Manele Bay, Lanai. There will also be a welcoming celebration on Kaanapali Beach when the voyagers return to Maui.

I was invited to paddle in this wonderful event by a good friend of mine, Dr. Torey Goodman. We met a while back when racing in the one-man and have continued our friendship since, paddling together during the six-man season as well. Dr. Goodman, an emergency room doctor at Kaiser, has played an instrumental role in coordinating the Paddle for Life event – recruiting teams and gathering sponsors. But most of all she is a woman with huge heart and great energy; she’s an excellent water woman in every aspect, and I was honored when she called. However, because I had already committed to participate in a canoe race this same weekend, I had to decline. I was able, though, to donate hotel room stays to paddlers at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel.

The Pacific Cancer Foundation was founded in 2004 by a group of concerned health care professionals and cancer survivors. The foundation facilitates access to innovative treatments and clinical trials, as well as provides up-to-date information with an extensive library and resources. The paddle this weekend is one of many efforts to raise awareness about cancer within the community.

You may donate to the cause by pledging in honor of your favorite paddler. Please visit this link: http://www.pacificcancerfoundation.org/news-and-events/paddle-for-life-maui/.

I would like to say mahalo nui to all participating paddlers and to wish you a safe journey, with the wind and following seas at your back!

Photos Credit: Dr. Torey Goodman

PADDLE FOR LIFE

• Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 15-16 • Kaanapali Beach & Manele Bay • 808-242-7661 • rnjeff@pacificcancerfoundation.


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