The Flatwater Foundation and Dam that Cancer 21 mile SUP

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Mental health is the foundation for individual well-being and the effective functioning of a community.” – World Health Organization

 Tahoe SUP is once again a proud sponsor of the Dam that Cancer 21 mile Standup Paddling event on June 4th in Austin, TX.  Dam that Cancer is the primary fundraiser for The Flatwater Foundation, whose mission is to  provide those diagnosed with cancer, their families and loved ones access to mental health therapy and family support.

For all of us here at Tahoe SUP, the physical act of paddling a board across the water is such a rewarding experience that it literally seems to feed the soul.  It makes perfect sense to us to loan our support to the dedicated people at the Flatwater Foundation and assist them in reaching their fundraising goals.   Their services include traditional methods of psychological counseling, in combination with mental wellness provided by physical activity in the forms of yoga, meditation, standup paddling and group exercise for Austin families impacted by a cancer diagnosis.

I will personally be paddling the 21 miles on June 4th for the second straight time and cannot imagine ever missing the event from now on.  This group of paddlers is hardly comprised of seasoned paddlers and athletes.  Everyone I met last year explained this is the furthest distance they have ever paddled and amazingly there were a few who were standup paddling for the first time!  Those are the people I will return each year to support through the 8 hour day of paddling, to listen to their stories of who they paddle for and why they believe the support the Flatwater Foundation provides is so important.

My paddle, each year, is in the memory of a dear childhood friend who was being treated for bone marrow cancer.  She struggled deeply with the effects of the cancer and tragically took her own life at the age of 23.  The Flatwater Foundation, to me, is for her and anyone else dealing with a diagnosis.

Pledge you support on my fundraising page for Dam that Cancer here or any one of the other paddlers’ pages.  Thanks for reading and please feel free to share!                     – Ronnie Ayres

 

 

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  • Ryan
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    DTC is by far one of my favorite events of the year! Sure this was my first and I only worked it with Austin Paddle Sports, but I will begin fundraising as soon as possible and am determined to paddle in 2014.

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