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Standup for the Cure hopes to set new records

Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, hopes to set records with its sea of pink standup paddlers

by Crystal NguonlyPublished: April 25, 2012 07:35 AM

Fighting the battle against breast cancer, Standup for the Cure will hold its inaugural fundraising event at Newport Dunes on Saturday, May 5. The event aims to be the Guinness World Record of the largest standup paddleboarding lesson of 250 or more people.

The funds will go towards supporting the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. For every $125 raised, a mammogram has the potential to save a life.

As a breast cancer survivor and now advocate for the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Judie Vivian, recalls how something as simple as a mammogram saved her life.

“In 2010, mammography saved my life. I want women locally to have the same access to breast health care that I did. Through fundraising events like Standup for the Cure, we can make that happen for local women. Imagine a fleet of paddlers on standup paddleboards wearing pink in support of breast cancer awareness – quite a powerful sight,” says Vivian.

The Newport Dunes location was chosen for its scenic view and is visible from the Pacific Coast Highway, therefore, a sure fire way to grab visual attention for a great cause.

“We chose Newport Dunes for the visual ‘pink’ impact we can make, Nothing draws your attention like hundreds of paddlers wearing pink,” says Mike Muir from Riviera Paddlesurf, a sponsor of the event.

Led by world-class Standup for the Cure ambassadors Zane Schweitzer, Matt Hughes, Brendon Light, Jayson Campbell and Daniel Hughes, the event is aiming towards a world record of the most participants paddling.

A great opportunity for family, friends and survivors to raise money, the event is also a fun way to learn how to paddle on a standup paddleboard and meet others who support the cause.

The event will include musical entertainment by Crimson Crowbar, a yoga paddleboard lesson, a silent auction, a movie screening of “Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story” and food and drinks provided by Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Kona Brewing Company.

Standup for the Cure event is $35 and takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and all day parking is available for $5 per vehicle.

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