Paddle for a cause on Saturday

Paddle for a cause on Saturday

For the third year, B2 Communications is helping Paddle Against Cancer raise funds to benefit Moffitt Cancer Center and support one of our clients. Gene Evans, a senior vice president at USAmeriBank and a Stage 4 kidney cancer survivor, was inspired to create the paddleboarding event as a way to give back to Moffitt and offer support for other cancer survivors.

Last year’s event raised $21,000 for Moffitt, after raising $17,000 the previous year.

Evans was diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer in May 2009, and has recovered from four surgeries – including one to remove a tumor on his spine and another to remove one of his kidneys.

Statistics show that the five-year survival rate for Stage 4 kidney cancer is 8 percent. Evans, however, is a four-year survivor in excellent shape, and he attributes his successful fight to his positive attitude and active lifestyle, which includes paddleboarding.

More than 150 stand-up paddleboarders are expected to follow a three- or seven-mile route around Treasure Island for the cause. Participants are asked to make a minimum donation of $30, while a pool party following the paddle is free and open to the public.

To pay the $30 to participate in the paddle, or to support Paddle Against Cancer with a general donation, visit and click “Donate Now.” Then, select “Individual Gifts” and choose “Paddle Against Cancer” from the “Support a Specific Program or Fund” dropdown.

The paddle begins at The Club at Treasure Island, at 400 Treasure Island Causeway, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25. The after-party will be from noon to 4 p.m.