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'Dam That Cancer' Takes To Lake Austin

Updated: Monday, June 9 2014, 11:07 AM CDT

For the fifth year in row today, a group of dedicated paddlers will navigate the waters of Lake Austin to take a stand against cancer on their Standup Paddleboards.  Participants in the 21 mile Dam That Cancer challenge are cancer survivors, family members, or friends of someone who has been touched by the disease. 

The event came about after Founder Mark Garza’s father was diagnosed with stage-4 prostate cancer.  Garza found comfort standup paddleboarding on the waters of Lake Austin.  He realized that having a clear-mind and healthy lifestyle was strong weapon against the disease and the impact it can leave of people’s lives.  He set out to help others who lives were dramatically changed by the battle with cancer.  He approached his good friend Rob McKinnie, a survivor of testicular cancer, and the event was born when the two of them paddled the 21 mile distance from Mansfield Dam to Tom Miller Dam.

Tyler’s Dam That Cancer is the major fund raising  event for The Flatwater Foundation, an Austin-based non-profit dedicated to providing those in the community diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families and loved ones, access to therapy and physical activities to improve their mental health.  The 8 plus hour adventure concludes with the “We Paddle, You Party” fundraising celebration at Hula Hut!  If you would like to attend, you should arrive by 5pm to cheer the team on as they paddle in from the 21 mile journey.

For more information, visit: http://flatwaterfoundation.org/damthatcancer/index.php

By Hunter Ellis

'Dam That Cancer' Takes To Lake Austin


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