On April 13th, we're starting the 24hr paddle at Coleman Beach at 0800. We'll paddle all day, through the night, and into the morning to finish at 0800 on the 14th. We have set a goal to help six SLO County families struggling with cancer.
Last year our Morro Bay Paddle Team surpassed our $6000 goal by raising $12,000. With the help of many generous donors, we were able to help 12 local families struggling with cancer. Our team delivered envelopes containing $1000 each to TWELVE families! All donations stay local.
A little history...
About five years ago, a team of six stand up paddlers from the Pacific Northwest set out on a benevolent mission…their goal, to raise money for families dealing with cancer. Medical expenses are not the only burden a family has to bear when cancer rears its terrible head. Expenses from travel back and forth to appointments and treatments, food and lodging near specialty centers, childcare, loss of work and income…the list alone is overwhelming.
With the support of their community, the six paddlers delivered envelopes to seven families dealing with cancer. Each envelope contained two things: $1000 and a short note in a card. You may ask how does one deliver an envelope filled with $1000 to someone they may have never even met? As Troy Nebeker, founder of Monster & Sea and the M&S 24hr paddle describes,“Very simple. A knock on the door, slide it under and walk away. The card inside tells the story…it reads,“There is a community of people who are fighting for you. Our hope is this will give you a moment of peace in this crazy time.” - Lots of love from the Monster and Sea community.
Troy Nebeker, a man with many talents and a heart filled with goodness has gathered the paddling community together to go because we can, and give because we can. Troy started Monster & Sea, an ocean and paddleboard centered apparel company that donates money through sales to families dealing with cancer. Troy and his family have been in the trenches and on the frontline of the cancer battlefield but were able to find strength and healing through the sea. The Monster & Sea battle cry is #GoBecauseYouCan. Google it, check it on the M&S site , Instagram , see it on Facebook …it's real, live and happening every day.
Last year, Monster & Sea “24” paddle teams simultaneously embarked on a 24hr paddle in various parts of North America. Seattle and 21 satellite locations including Morro Bay, Santa Cruz, Newport Beach, Vancouver & Ontario Canada, Cayman Islands, and many others hosted the 24hr paddle and raised $155,000! That's 155 envelopes going to 155 families struggling with cancer!!!
This year there will be many more - six person - paddle teams across North America and other parts of the globe.
Each location will have three rotating two-person paddle crews throughout the day, night, and into next the morning. They will paddle in solidarity to help some warriors realize they are not alone in their battle.