Monster and Sea 24 - Team Seattle
Cancer is a taker.
It wants everything from us - our health our confidence, our families.
And it is relentless. Statistics say 1 in 3 people
will arm wrestle with cancer.
But what about the other 2 people?
Our job is to stand in the gap. Fill that void with love,
compassion and our ability to GO when our friends can’t.
This is what the 24 is all about.
What cancer can’t touch is our spirit, our drive and our will
to live every day to its fullest potential. We want to
inspire communities to give back in a very grass roots way.
At our core, we believe three very key things.
1. Help families who are dealing with cancer.
2. Inspire people and communities to not let life pass them by.
Get going - do the things you love.
3. Have fun.
In 2015 a group of 6 paddlers got together with the idea of paddling for
24 hours relay style. Our goals were modest and simple. Have fun. 2. Inspire our community 3. Raise some grass roots funds to help families dealing with the chaos that cancer causes.
We were blown away. Not only did we have fun and rally our community but we raised 7,000.00 by doing what we loved - to benefit others.
The second year the 24 moved beyond Seattle to seven cities (one for each envelope from the prior year) across the U.S and Canada. Each team had the same goals. As a combined group we raised 50k. That is 50 families we were able to help.
Our third year we grew to 22 teams across the U.S and Canada and
after all was said and done - as a collective group we raised 145K.
Our fourth year we grew to 26 cities with multipule teams across the
U.S and Canada and after all was said and done - as a collective
group we raised 156K.
Seriously, it requires a double take every time.
This community is wonderful.
This is a significant number. In the cancer process year 5 is a beacon of hope. A celebration if you will, of things getting back to normal and a way forward - free from the constant worry.
On April 13 / 14 2019 - Seattle will be joined by 30 plus teams across the US, Canada and the Caman Islands. We will all gather together as a community to paddle and say to cancer - "You can't take today. Today is ours."
Thank you so much for your support.
Wanted to say a quick humongous thank you for helping us blow past our goal again this year.
This community is amazing.
We are one day away from the 24! Thank you so much for your support and encouragement! This is going to be our best year yet. To see the community rally like this is humbling.
If you are in the area tomorrow and would like to come paddle or cheer or high five or hug or just plain ole say hello - please do. We will be home based at the Pocock rowing center.
A giant thank you from the 24.
This has been a wonderful journey. And a favorite thing to do, is sit down and write thank you notes. With the general theme being: Thank you for the support, the encouragement and the kind words.
And this time next Saturday we will be many hours in with many more to go. Our hope is that people will come out to the Pocock Rowing Center on Lake Union and join us for a paddle or some high fives (or both!)
The way things are set up we have a big group paddle to kick things off at 8 a.m. and then another group paddle at Midnight and then one more at 7 a.m. on Sunday morning to finish things off.
If you can only make one of those - the midnight paddle is a favorite for sure!
We have already delivered one envelope to a family. Mom is dealing with stage 4 numbers and your donations have helped make sure she gets a little breather from worry and an opportunity to enjoy time with her kiddos.
Right now we are half way to our goal and sure would like to hit the 20 mark.
With that said - we also understand that dollars are tight. Maybe you know someone who could use an extra hand around the house, someone who is sick and would be encouraged with a few extra meals in the freezer or someone who just needs a friend to listen.
Let's do what we can to make a difference - together.
There is a video that was produced last year that does a really nice job of telling the story of the 24.
If you head over to the Monster and Sea FB page - the post and link is pinned to the top.
If it is on your heart to help us reach our goal of 17 families have a look and share.
Thank you so much.