(Treasure Island, Fla.) - The seventh annual Paddle Against Cancer will be held at The Club at Treasure Island on Saturday, May 27. Founded by Gene Evans, to promote the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle, this year’s Paddle Against Cancer is expected to bring together more than 250-300 local standup paddlers to support Moffitt Cancer Center.
The 3, 5 and 7-mile paddle event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 27. The paddle will be followed by a poolside celebration from noon to 4 p.m., featuring giveaways, a live band, and free paddleboard demonstrations. The paddle will begin and end at The Club at Treasure Island, at 400 Treasure Island Causeway in Treasure Island, which is also the site for the celebration. The 2016 event attracted more than 300 paddleboarders and a similar turnout is expected this year.
Evans, a senior vice president at Tampa-based NorthStar Bank, was inspired to create the paddleboarding event because he survived stage 4 kidney cancer and wanted to give back to Moffitt and offer support for other cancer survivors. Paddle Against Cancer raised $215,000 for Moffitt in its first six years, which started in 2011.
Evans was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in May 2009, and since then has recovered from four surgeries – including one to remove a tumor on his spine and another to remove one of his kidneys. Evans attributes his successful fight against cancer to his positive attitude and active lifestyle.
“I am very pleased that our Paddle Against Cancer has grown in popularity each year, leading to more support for Moffitt,” said Gene, 56, who played basketball at East Carolina University and then spent a number of years playing high-level beach volleyball. “I am a strong believer in the power of exercise, and I believe that this, combined with the excellent care I have received at Moffitt, has been a key to my successful battle against cancer.”
All of the proceeds for this event will be donated to Moffitt Cancer Center. For all who would like to participate or make a donation, visit http://paddleagainstcancer.org.