Congratulations to everyone involved with the Standup for a Cure. They were able to raise $100K for breast cancer detection, treatment and education. Funds were raised through individual and team fundraising efforts and sponsorship packages. All of the proceeds raised benefit Susan G. Komen Michigan.
They had over 750 participants gathered at Harbour Towne Beach on July 7th for the event which was presented in partnership with Spectrum Health Cancer Center. They provided free onsite health exams by Mercy Health: 21 breast screenings and 35 melanoma screenings. The West Michigan community has shown tremendous support for Standup Muskegon. This is the second sold-out year for the event.
“I was surprised to learn that my hometown hosted a national stand up paddleboard event, but not at all surprised to learn that we topped fundraising amounts in much larger cities,” said Justin Abdelkader, Player for the Detroit Red Wings and celebrity participant at this year’s Muskegon event. “We’re a competitive and compassionate group of people and I was honored to be asked to speak at the event this year. I’m proud of our city and the work everyone is doing to help others in the community find and beat breast cancer.”
The sight of the Standup for the Cure—the Sea of Pink—is a breathtaking salute to Komen and breast cancer survivors.
“It has been an honor to be a part of Standup for the Cure over the last 4 years. This team of soulful humans has made a significant impact on the lives of many as they continue to pour their heart and soul into finding a cure,” commented Kristine Mast of Muskegon Yoga Center. “I am inspired by their compassion, dedication, and boundless energy and effort, and contribution to the greater good!”
This year’s Standup Muskegon event was presented in partnership with Spectrum Health Cancer Center along with Mercy Health, Boardworks, and Tom Devoursney, LLC. Gold sponsors included Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, KL Outdoor, Meijer, and Shape Corp. Silver sponsors were Maui Jim, Arconic, Lighthouse Group, Tyler Sales Company, Century Foundry, and Quality Tool and Stamping. OnPoint Promotions and Muskegon County Airport were supporting sponsors.
Every $125 raised during this event covers the cost of a mammogram for someone in need.
Standup for the Cure is a unique not-for-profit support organization that introduces the breast cancer community to the healthy, active lifestyle of standup paddle boarding while raising money and awareness for early breast cancer detection, treatment, research and education. For more information about the Standup for the Cure national event series, visit www.suftc.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.