The Monster & Sea 24 - Canmore

$7,745 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 81 people in 10 months
Created March 5, 2018
The 24.

Two years ago a group of 6 paddlers got together with the idea of paddling for 24 hours relay style. Our goals were modest and simple.
1.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. 7 families each received an envelope of 1,000.00 cash with a simple note inside: “There is a community of people who love you and are fighting for you.”

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.

This year - it really feels like a wave is forming deep out in the ocean and is gathering great momentum.

The nuts and bolts:

Some key details to help in planning and understanding this craziness.

Q: Is this a race?
A: No. It is a group of friends getting together to inspire their community to help families dealing with the chaos of cancer. Sadly the statistics say 1 in 3 people will deal with Cancer in their life time.

Q: Why 24 hours?
A: Because it is difficult. When you are dealing with cancer it is a 24/7 beast. It takes personal focus and being surrounded by your friends and family to battle and fight. While paddling in no way mimics that battle - focusing with friends, family and community for one purpose is very similar.

Q: Can other people paddle with us?
A: Absolutely. Encourage your community to come out and keep the team going.

Q: Is it just SUP?
A: It started that way but paddling is such a diverse community, all with kind hearts and willingness to go. A mixed team is a-okay. For example in North Carolina and Idaho each team was comprised of SUP, Prone and OC.

Q: How does it work? The relay part?
A: The team is comprised of 6 paddlers and breaks down to pairs for each hour. At 8 a.m the whole team and who in the community shows up paddle as a group for an hour. From there it drops down to pairs trading off every hour. To ring in the Midnight hour the group paddles together again. (Each year here in Seattle the community has really rallied at this time. The team of 6 plus about 30 additional people to paddle and cheer on the team.) After midnight it drops back to pairs and then for the final hour the group paddles together to finish.

Q: The money. How does this work?
A: Each team is raising funds for their local community. Think grass roots, on the ground help. No red tap, foundations or questions of where does the money actually go. It is actually very simple

Our goal is to offer a breath of fresh air to families dealing with the wrecking ball of cancer. It is a chance for them to feel “normal” for even just a minute. Because it is cash they can choose to how it will best help them. For example: dealing with the mountain of bills that come, even with good insurance. Gas money, food, babysitters so no appointments are missed. Family movie night, A trip out. The list is long.

What we are doing makes a difference and we are so thankful for this community and its unwavering commitment to doing good things.
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Update 3
Posted by Chad Guenter
9 months ago
Massive Thanks to those that donated today! A total of 800$ came in today alone, getting us that much closer to our goal of 6000$. We are one of 20+ teams that are involved in the Monster & Sea 24/. A 24 paddle to help those battling cancer.
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Update 2
Posted by Chad Guenter
9 months ago
Moving closer to our April 14th start of our 24 hour relay paddle.
We are even closer to our personal goal of 6000$!
There are 25 cities paddling this year. Hit up the GoFundMe website and have a look at the cities and teams involved. Chances are you know someone who’s paddling! Donate to the team of your choice and help members battling cancer in the respective communities.
The Monster and Sea 24/ doing good things for those that struggle.
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Update 1
Posted by Chad Guenter
10 months ago
We are at it again. The Monster & Sea 24/ in Canmore, Alberta
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.
We are not a foundation or a charity. We don’t have red tape.
Our goal is a simple one: Fill envelopes with donations and get them in the hands of families dealing with cancer. A breath of normalcy for them - thanks to you.
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Raised by 81 people in 10 months
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