Standup for the Cure Continues to Make Strides in Muskegon and Across the Country!
Media contact: Dan Van Dyck
Phone: (760) 436-3589
The second Annual Standup for the Cure, Muskegon, hit the beach of Harbor Towne on Saturday morning to help continue the fight against breast cancer. The standup paddle board (SUP) event is organized to help support the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen Michigan®, an organization dedicated to ending breast cancer forever. Support was strong with 540 registered paddlers getting into gear for the 5K race on Muskegon Lake.
“Five years ago we sat down around a table with the idea to put on a standup paddle event to
benefit Susan G. Komen,” said National Event Director Dan Van Dyck, who helps assemble five SUP events around the world each year. “We raise money so the local Komen affiliates can help under insured women get mammograms and screen for breast cancer right on the beach for free. We’ve found eight cases breast cancer since inception, walked them through the Komen system and they are alive today because of this event.”
Last year’s event raised over $65,000 and this year’s fundraising has netted $75,000 bringing Standup for the Cure’s total to $820,000 since inception. Every $125 raised covers the cost of a mammogram for a woman (or man) in need.
Mercy Health was present to help with free screenings and to walk attendees through the process of getting checked. Ninety-nine percent of breast cancer is preventable if caught in its early stages, according to experts.
In addition to its’ flag ship event in Newport Beach, Standup for the Cure (SUFTC) hosts events in Muskegon, Mi and Miami, FLA (November 12 at Miami Yacht Club). This year SUFTC is adding an event in Atlanta, GA (September 24, 2016 at Lake Lanier). “Our goal is to partner with enough like-minded brands and business entities across the country to eventually host ten event nationwide.” Says Van Dyck “What we’ve accomplished so far is just the tip of the iceberg.”
To view the photo album from the event, click here.
About Standup for the Cure
(SUFTC) is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit whose mission is to raise money and awareness for early breast cancer detection, research, treatment and education through the active, healthy lifestyle of Standup Paddling nationwide. Founded in 2011, Standup for the Cure is fully supported by generous donations from their partners and global community. To date, more than $820,000 has been raised for early breast cancer awareness, research, treatment, education and helped hundreds of underprivileged or uninsured women obtain life-saving treatment for their disease.
To Partner with Standup for the Cure, contact: Dan Van Dyck at <info@standup-for-the-cure-org> For participation and ‘”Stand Up” charitable contributions please visit us at http://suftc.org/on Twitter at @StandUp4TheCure; and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StandupForTheCure
About Susan G. Komen Michigan
Komen Michigan is an independent, local non-profit organization that is dedicated to combating breast cancer. 75 percent of the organization’s net proceeds go towards programs and funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education, screenings, diagnostics and survivorship programs for underserved men and women in Michigan.
The remaining 25 percent of net proceeds funds global, leading-edge research focused on the prevention of, and cures for, breast cancer. Komen Michigan’s mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all, and energizing science to find the cures. For more information call 616-752-8262 or visit www.komenmichigan.org.
About Susan G. Komen®
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $889 million in research and provided $1.95 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.