Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Trustee Sean Duffey of Somers Point paddles past historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City toward a second-place finish in the 6th annual Paddle For a Cause. (Photo credit: Jeff Depew)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Participants have begun registering for 7th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For a Cause as of Monday, March 10. The 22.5-mile paddle around Absecon Island on Saturday, June 14, requires participants to fund raise a minimum of $200 to enter the contest ending at Golden Nugget Marina.
See www.deanrandazzocancerfoundation.com for registration information. Last year more than 100 people participated in the event and together with contributors raised $50,000 to help sustain our mission. Brigantine’s Sven Peltonen took first place, and Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation board members from Somers Point; Trustee Sean Duffey won second and President Paul Giunta took home third place in the World Paddle Association sanctioned men’s race division. Participants can compete in either SUP or prone paddle boarding in either the 22.5-mile course or an 8-mile course.
There will be two WPA-sanctioned races for 14-foot stand up paddleboards and 12-foot 6-inch stand up paddleboard each divided between men’s and women’s division. Prizes will be awarded for other divisions as well. An open division welcomes outrigger canoes, race kayaks, surf skis and team SUP consisting of at least two but no more than six paddlers. The event begins at 8 a.m. and an after party will begin at 4 p.m at The Deck at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
New this year, anyone can become a virtual paddler for those who want to participate in the event without getting onto the water. Virtual paddlers are encouraged to raise $200 in sponsorships for the Paddle for a Cause and will receive an event T-shirt. The Paddle For a Cause is a partner of the South Jersey SUP Cup. Event founder Mike May designed the 22.5-mile course in 2008 to challenge paddlers with a difficult journey that translates the feeling of what a person faces when battling cancer.
Register online today at www.deanrandazzocancerfoundation.org.
The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation promotes cancer awareness and assists individuals battling cancer both emotionally and financially. To date, the foundation has donated more than $450,000 to individuals and organizations including the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer Fund, Shore Medical Center Cancer Center, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Jersey Cape Regional Cancer Center and AtlantiCare Cancer Center.
The foundation was created in 2001 when Dean Randazzo, a professional surfer from Atlantic City, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Since successfully battling the disease four times, Dean continues his competitive professional surfing career, proudly representing the Garden State all over the world.
The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation is a New Jersey Non Profit and 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. Donations by check should be made payable to DRCF and mailed to P.O. Box 149, Somers Point, NJ 08244.