Paddle for Health Supports Programs for Children with Cancer on Vancouver Island
Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation

About Paddle for Health

A fundraiser for the Island Kids Cancer Association supporting Island Families Living with the Challenges of Childhood Cancer. No previous paddling experience or your vessel is required - you can use one of ours! Our team of experienced guides and safety crews will take care of you every step of the way. Launching from Willows Beach you are in for a beautiful morning of relaxed paddling past Cattle Point into Cadboro Bay to Gyro Beach where we’ll stop for a leg stretch and snack break before paddling back to Willows Beach to a waiting BBQ lunch with great company for a great cause! You can participate with a voluntary $50 donation upon sign up with additional pledge collection expected.

We look forward to sharing with you a day filled with smiles, prizes, Paddle for Health T-shirt, BBQ lunch and inspiration!

  • Registration: Voluntary $50 donation
  • Fundraising: Raise what you can!
  • Cause & Beneficiary: Island Kids Cancer Association
  • Please NOTE: all rentals are sold out!

    100% of all tax receipted donations goes to supporting the designated programs.

For registration issues please contact the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation:

Toronto Area: Outside GTA: Fax Number: Email:

​647-352-6470 1-855-352-6470 1-888-826-6744 contact@ctcacf.org

Date

Starts at:  September 8, 2018 10:30 AM
Ends at:  September 8, 2018 4:30 PM

Location

Willows Beach
Esplanade
Oak Bay,BC CAN

Contact

Don Lowther
info@paddleforhealth.ca

Beneficiary

It started 12 years ago when Susan Kerr’s son, Jacob, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Months of treatment followed with endless trips to Vancouver.

What was different about Susan’s experience was her decision to help families who were on the same difficult road. She started with advocacy trying to work with banks and politicians to raise awareness about the severe financial challenges families faced. This grew into a fledgling program supported by Vancouver based BC Childhood Cancer Parents Association.This program ended in 2016, but the need to expand support for island children and address the many challenges that local families faced continued to grow.

With a small group of volunteers, Susan started again. On Dec. 6, 2016 the Island Kids Cancer Association became a reality.

The CARE4KIDS program is designed to give practical help to kids and families wherever they are in the cancer journey. Now only months into our program, we are excited to share our progress.

But this is just the beginning.

We will continue to expand community support for all of our special kids and make sure families know that they are not alone.

In February 2017, Susan learned her son had a second cancer. She continue to lead the program while supporting him through his next chapter.

Her experience is a stark reminder about why we are here and it motivates us to work hard to make a difference.



Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors​ & Community Partners