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June 2014

Rock 2 Rock Paddleboard Race, Catalina Island to Cabrillo Beach, June 15

June 15, 2014
Unnamed Venue,
Catalina Island to Cabrillo Beach, CA United States

Rock 2 Rock is a challenging and fun 22-mile course starting from the Isthmus on Catalina Island and finishing at Cabrillo State Beach, San Pedro. The race, started many years ago by famed paddleboard shaper Joe Bark, continues under the leadership of George Loren. It is a qualifier for the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Marathon. You can race solo or in a team, traditional or stand-up. $5 from every competitor’s race fee will be donated to the Sarcoma Alliance. Awesome goodie bags, pre- and post-race meals, a great finish line venue — all good reasons to come to the race. The raffle winner of the Joe Bark paddleboard will be announced. www.rock2rockrace.com.

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2014 Surftech Jay Mori­ar­ity Memo­r­ial Pad­dle­board Race, Capitola, CA, June 21

June 21, 2014
Unnamed Venue,
Capitola, CA United States

The Jay Race honors legendary waterman Jay Moriarity. O2H will have a tent at the start / finish line, and the team is excited to be a part of this northern California paddleboard event. More information at http://jayrace.surftech.com/

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July 2014

Moloka’i 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, July 27

July 27, 2014
Unnamed Venue,
HI United States

Both stand-up and traditional paddleboarding champions from around the world will gather in Hawaii to test their athletic ability in the  most iconic event in the paddling community. The 32-mile crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel connects the islands of Moloka’i and Oahu. More than 2,300 feet deep, the channel creates a funnel effect that shoots billions of gallons of seawater between the islands each hour. Combine that with trade winds, and the seas can range from 8 to 15 feet on an average day and upwards of 20 feet on an extreme day. The Ocean of Hope will have competitors in the race, as well as an information tent  in Honolulu.  http://www.molokai2oahu.com/

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Jennifer Reding Sarcoma Alliance Benefit

July 27, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fat Jacks Oyster Sports Bar and Grill,
Hot Springs, AR United States

Without my daughters, I don't think I could be as strong as some people think I am.  I say that because those of us with sarcoma know the feelings of day to day combat.  We're in the trenches so to speak.  Brittany (28) and Emily (23) are the reasons I fight!  I also have Jon, Emily's wonderful husband.

I had a ;lump on my left thigh but I let it go for 6 long years.  Why?  Don't laugh but I had bought a stick shift and thought the muscle had built up in that leg.  I know but I am not known for my common sense!  I didn't feel so bad when I read that a man thought his muscle had built up because he was working out.  When I began having excruciating pain, I went to my family physician, and he at first thought I had cellulitis and gave me a round of antibiotics.  When the pain came back, he said that it wasn't cellulitis and sent me off for a ct scan.  I was diagnosed on March 2012 with sarcoma in my left thigh.  I had surgery in on April 15.  Dr. Nicholas, my surgical oncologist, said the tumor was the size of a head!  I recovered with two more surgeries on my leg.  Then I had mets to my left lung in March of 2013,  Surgery took care of those.  Now we are watching nodules in my right lung, and I have micro fractures in my left femur sue to radiation.

I couldn't find much information on sarcoma.  I called the American Cancer Society, but they sent me the same information that I had found on the internet myself!  I finally found Sarcoma Alliance and felt so welcome that I have stayed ever since.  I was asked to be an admin for the support page, and I remember telling Christine Darling that it would be an honor.  I find the support and information invaluable.

I decided I wanted to give back to SA for always being there, and I have met so many wonderful friends and fellow warriors that it just seems the right thing to do.  So I have planned a fundraiser.  Because we want July to be Sarcoma Awareness Month, I planned the event for July 27, 2014.  It is from 12-5 at Fat Jacks Oyster Sports Bar and Grill in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  There is a $5 cover charge at the door, and there will be live music, a raffle (prizes including a spa day from one of our famous bath houses and even from a local tattoo parlor!), and plenty of food!

When The Fault in Our Stars came out in theaters, I thought it gave me the perfect opportunity to gain awareness so I called our local paper and pitched my story.  They were interested, and now I am waiting for the call back for the time of the interview!  I have even called local TV networks!  My two daughters and I will be hitting the pavement with fliers for Historical Downtown Hot Springs!  If you can, y'all come on out!

I recommend starting at least 3 months ahead to plan an event.  Sooner if you want to contact businesses such as Disney for prizes.  That is something I have learned, and I plan on making this an annual event so I will be starting soon after this one is over.  It's hard work but when I think that $500.00 will give someone a second opinion, it's a no-brainer--I'll do it!

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August 2014

The Catalina Classic Paddleboard Marathon — Manhattan Beach, CA, August

August 24, 2014

O2H began at the Classic, with one paddler racing in honor of Sarcoma Alliance founder Suzanne Leider. Since 1999, scores of athletes have paddled the grueling 32 miles from Catalina Island to Manhattan Beach. People who raise $1,500 for the Alliance can have their names, or the name of a loved one, on a paddleboard. Go to Active.com to donate.  O2H will have tents with food, drink, merchandise and raffle tickets for sale on Manhattan Beach. Come out and support our team!

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September 2014

Spirit of Survival: Ironman Chattanooga

September 28, 2014
Unnamed Venue,
Chattanooga, TN United States

In August 2010 Michael Oyler was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma in his right thigh. At the time he was a healthy 28 year old starting a new career with eyes only on the future. His life was altered dramatically that day as he began the 9 month journey to become cancer free. Since then Michael has found a passion for triathlon, and he is dedicating his first Ironman to all the survivors looking for hope as they struggle with their personal battles, as well as to the memory of those we have lost to this terrible disease.

Michael has partnered with The Sarcoma Alliance to raise funds and awareness. Help Michael raise $50 for each of the 140.6 miles (1.2 mi swim, 112 mi bike, & 26.2 mi run) he will travel during Ironman Chattanooga on September 28th!

You can donate here! http://www.active.com/donate/SOS2014/oylerironman

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October 2014

8th Annual Puts for Ped

October 3, 2014

This year marks the eighth year of Putts for Ped, a golf outing in memory of Michael John Pedrick for the benefit of the Sarcoma Alliance.  Since its inception in 2007, Putts for Ped has raised over $70,000 for the Sarcoma Alliance. It is a fun filled day beginning with registration 11:00-12:30 AM.  Golf begins at 1:00 PM and is followed by a buffet dinner, auction and raffle.  The cost is $100 for a round of golf and dinner; dinner only $25.  For more information on the Putts for Ped 2014 Flyer. To register email jnellany@yahoo.com or bweyman@comcast.net.

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February 2015

Power of 24 Hours

February 7, 2015 @ 7:00 am - February 8, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

Come cheer on, paddle with, or just support team athlete Rob Rojas as he paddles for 24 hours in honor of cancer patients in Dana Point, CA on Saturday February 7 to Sunday February 8. Rob’s paddle starts at 7am Saturday from Baby Beach and will finish 7am Sunday. The Paddle Academy will be there on Sunday to host a breakfast celebration at the finish. See you there! Donate to Rob’s campaign here!

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March 2015

The Cold Hands Paddle

March 1, 2015

March 1 The Cold Hands Paddle – Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, CA

What started as a friendly competition between two lifeguards in the cold waters off Cabrillo Beach has turned into a yearly race that brings paddleboards, SUPs, outrigger canoes, kayaks and surf skis together to compete in a 4-mile course around the breakwall. The event is free, parking is $7. Ocean of Hope team members will have a table at registration where you can buy raffle tickets, T-shirts and gear. All proceeds will go to Hand in Hand: The Suzanne Leider Memorial Assistance Fund, which helps sarcoma patients get a second opinion from an expert. Win a Bark Paddleboard! Tickets are $5. Sign in and registration at 7 a.m., and race start at 8:30 a.m. There will be food and drink before the race as well as afterward at a reception between 10-11 a.m. The winner of the Bark Paddleboard raffle will be announced.
Registration and Information about Cold Hands Paddle

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April 2015

Carolina Cup

April 23, 2015 - April 26, 2015

April 23-26 Carolina Cup – Wrightsville Beach, NC

The 2015 Carolina Cup kicks off the race season with 4 courses: a kids race, the Harbor Island Recreational “fun” race, an Money Island open race and the dreaded Graveyard Elite Race. This is the fifth year. In 2012, the Carolina Cup was the largest race on the East Coast with over 400 paddlers competing in the first day of races. In 2013, there were over 600, in 2014 over 700. The weekend also features the Ocean of Hope Awareness Paddle. Registration and Information about The Carolina Cup

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