Already More Than $3,000 Pledged To Paddle for a Cause Competitors
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY – Paddleboarders and rowers racing around Absecon Island next month will once again be competing for prize money split amongst the top finishers, thanks to Curexa.
Curexa, a compounding pharmacy based in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, provided more than $5,000 in prize money by presenting the 11th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For A Cause, Saturday, June 9 at Golden Nugget Atlantic City. This year the event is being held in memory and honor of Karen Grant.
Cash prizes of $800 for first place, $350 for second place and $150 for third place will be awarded for the 22.5-mile race around Absecon Island in the following categories: men’s open prone, men’s 14-foot and longer stand up paddleboard, women’s open prone and women’s 14-foot and longer stand up paddleboard.
To date nearly 30 people have raised more than $3,000 for the event. All paddlers and virtual paddlers are required to fundraise $200 to participate with proceeds benefiting the foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides grants to financially assist people with cancer. Last year, the event raised more than $100,000 with more than 100 participants.
The 22.5-mile paddleboard race around Absecon Island begins and ends at Frank S. Farley State Marina at Golden Nugget Atlantic City. The course was designed by Mike May to challenge racers as a reminder that they are helping people struggling with cancer.
There are also 4-mile and 8-mile noncompetitive back bay paddles that go to The Wonder Bar in Atlantic City. Those unable to paddle can volunteer to raise funds by creating an online profile and sharing on social media. Virtual Paddlers who raise the minimum $200 entry fee will receive a swag bag, entry into the after party and race gear that is provided to all paddlers.
After the action on the water, an after party and awards ceremony will be held 4 p.m. at The Deck at Golden Nugget. The party is included with registration and $25 to all others. See TheDRCF.org for information.
About the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation
The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation promotes cancer awareness and assists individuals battling cancer both emotionally and financially. To date, the foundation has raised more than $700,000 and donates 90 percent of its funds to individuals and organizations including the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer Fund, Shore Medical Center Cancer Center, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Jersey Cape Regional Cancer Center and AtlantiCare Cancer Center.
The foundation was created in 2001 when Dean Randazzo, a professional surfer from Atlantic City, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Since successfully battling the disease four times, Dean continues his competitive professional surfing career, proudly representing the Garden State all over the world. The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation is a New Jersey Non Profit and 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. Donations by check should be made payable to DRCF and mailed to P.O. Box 149, Somers Point, NJ 08244.