TREASURE ISLAND, FLA. - The eighth annual Paddle Against Cancer will be held at The Club at Treasure Island on Saturday, May 26.  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 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 26. 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 2017 event attracted more than 250 paddle boarders and a similar turnout is expected this year.

Evans, a senior vice president at Seacoast Bank, was inspired to create the paddle boarding 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 $255,000 for Moffitt in its first seven years, which started in 2011.

Evans was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in May 2009, and since then has recovered from five 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, 57, 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


About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research, and robust training and education. Moffitt is a Top 10 cancer hospital and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,700 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit, and follow the momentum on FacebookTwitter and YouTube