SEATTLE, Washington – Standup for the Cure 501c3 does it again. With support from Presenting Partners Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Boardworks Surf the 2nd Annual event at Lake Sammamish State Park doubled attendance and fundraising efforts of the previous year. With a winning combination of Fun, Compassion, Live Music, Great Food and Paddling the Standup for the Cure community continues to grow. “Our mission to save lives through early breast cancer detection while having fun seems to resonate in every community we visit.” Said Dan Van Dyck, Executive Director of Standup for the Cure.
Compassion and empathy proved to win out even when the smoky air and rain threatened to be a spoiler. Paddlers and non-paddlers of all ages and abilities got out of bed early on the last weekend of summer to join the SUFTC family for an incredible day of paddling, racing, camaraderie and selflessness. The day began with an inspiring blessing performed by Auntie Manu with the Manuiki Foundation as a tribute to our honored Survivors. Once the tears were wiped from our cheeks, hundreds adorned in the official SUFTC jerseys marched toward the water for the “Sea of Pink” 2.5 k and 5k race. The festivities continued through the afternoon with live entertainment with the extremely talented Whiney Monge’, Happy Hour hosted by Georgetown Brewing Co and a fantastic lunch provided by Trapper’s Sushi and Ivar’s.
As if that wasn’t enough, professional waterman Zane Schweitzer was on hand all day offering private Standup Paddling Lessons while SUFTC Ambassador Lindsay Lambert ran multiple yoga sessions on the water as well as the beach. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Mammogram Unit was also on site with their staff performing mammograms for participants fulfilling the third part of Standup for the Cure’s mission. “Our slogan is ‘Have Fun and Save Lives’” according to local Sportscaster and SUFTC Board member Mike Ferreri “We aim to introduce folks to our healthy lifestyle in a festive atmosphere while raising money to cover the cost of breast cancer screening for the underserved. Early detection is key.”
Standup for the Cure’s Media Partners Komo News, Komo Radio, Star 101.5 and Seattle Refined know firsthand the effects Breast Cancer has on individuals and their loved ones. The news anchors and personalities have adopted SUFTC as a vehicle to inform the public of the importance of early detection. Following their lead, local partners Eastside FC, Alaska Airlines and Cascade Mountain Tech have pitched in to help ensure a successful event.
About Standup for the Cure
Standup for the Cure is a non-profit, 501c3 formed for the express purpose of raising funds and awareness for early breast cancer detection and treatment while building a healthy, compassionate 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 $1,200,000 for local affiliates of Susan G. Komen including their most recent donation of $80,000 to the Michigan Affiliate from the SUFTC Muskegon event.
About Susan G. Komen Puget Sound
Susan G. Komen Puget Sound is dedicated to combating breast cancer on every front. An estimated 75 percent of the Affiliate’s net income goes toward funding grants to local organizations that provide mammogram screenings, breast health education, outreach and treatment support for low-income and underserved women. At least 25 percent of net income supports global breast cancer research to better diagnose, treat and ultimately cure breast cancer.
About Susan G. Komen®
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization outside of the federal government, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $956 million in research and provided more than $2.1 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs. Komen has worked in more than 60 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.