Author Archives: tfarman

Standing on Fear : Introspections of a survivor’s ego, self-pity, anger, and surfing… on one leg

Image

Hurtling across the ocean toward the island of Maui, I am unsure of what awaits me at Athletes 4 Cancer’s Camp Koru. My cancer has been gone for years and I want to believe I’m over it, but I know that is impossible. So I keep pushing on to go through it, rather than try and do the impossible and get over it.

I was diagnosed with Osteogenicsarcoma or Bone Cancer at the age of 18 and spent the next three years in and out of the hospital as the cancer spread to my lungs and lymph nodes. My treatment consisted of countless rounds of chemotherapy, and surgery after surgery after surgery. Ultimately, my left leg was amputated above the knee, and then the cancer slowed and eventually stopped growing and spreading within me. At the time I was given a 30 percent chance to live through the year. I’m now going on nine years remission and am picking up steam on leading the life I want to live.

Image

As the plane continues it’s journey across the ocean, I find myself ignoring the fact that I am heading to a surf camp with only one leg to stand on. Ignoring this because it scares me and no matter how hard I try to pretend there isn’t, there is still a part of me that thinks maybe I won’t be able to surf. And if that is the case what am I doing on a plane heading to Maui? Better to just ignore that than prepare for it…right.

As the number of years I’ve been in remission continues to add up, I’ve tried to get back to living a more active lifestyle, like the one I led before cancer took my leg. This has been a challenge, as it is something I’ve avoided to spare myself the pain of directly experiencing what I can no longer do without my leg. That is not who I am though, I’ve never been someone who shied away from a challenge, in most cases the greater the challenge the more I gravitate towards it. Maintaining peak mental and physical strength, throughout three years of life draining cancer treatment, is a near impossible task. And as much I would like to think the moment you are done with treatment, you get all this strength back in an easy and intuitive manner, you don’t! That is why programs like Camp Koru exist.

Image

Many of us young cancer warriors have fought a grueling battle and won, but that battle took just about everything we have. We need a little boost to get back to grabbing life by the horns!

On the first full day of camp, myself and 14 other cancer warriors headed to the beach to see what kind of surfing chops we had. I stood on the beach, unstrapped my prosthesis, passed it off, and found the same feeling welling up inside of me that appears every time I try a new physical activity. It is a feeling of anger, sadness, and frustration that combines into a ruthless form of fearless determination. My ego is still wounded deeply by the loss of my leg. Every time I try something new my head is filled with the memories of my past, of running five minute miles, sprinting to the finish-line in cross country races, dominating pickup games of soccer and basketball and never ceasing to compete no matter how outmatched I was. These feelings used to overcome me every time I tried to do anything physical. But after fighting back death I refuse to live a life of fear.

So I hop around on the beach full of anxiety, wanting to get in the water and not wanting to at the same time. The Camp Koru staff patiently encouraged me to get in and go for it.

Image

Getting in the first time was the only hard part, from then on I was hooked. On the first day the surf instructors were pushing me into waves, by the end of the week I was a machine, paddling into every wave I could. My one-leggedness did little to hold me back, I made adjustments and adapted without even thinking about it. I surfed standing up on one-leg, on all fours, and found my groove with a two point, one foot and one hand form. Feeling the power of the ocean below me and knowing I had the strength to propel myself forward and join with the ocean was exhilarating and mind blowing to say the least.

Image

In the last year I’ve made a commitment to myself to do whatever I can to take the negative emotions cancer has left me with and turn them on their head. These are very powerful emotions, but I am realizing they don’t rule me, I can harness their power and use it for good rather than let it depress me and keep me from living the life I want. Which is where Camp Koru comes in; by giving cancer warriors the chance to do something tangible and concrete, such as learning to surf, they give us physical evidence of the abilities we still possess, no matter what cancer has ripped out of our weakened grasp. This physical evidence becomes mental strength and gives myself and other cancer warriors the ability to take all the crap cancer has left us with and use it to fertilize our minds and bodies rather than let it drag us down and hold us back.

Image

As I’ve touched on, the most challenging consequence of my cancer is the raw feeling of the physical loss of my leg. For a very long time I looked at my amputation strictly in terms of can’t and to be frank, there are things I used to do that I can no longer do… at least not in the same way. But does any of that really matter? Does the fact that I can’t do what I used to do mean I shouldn’t do anything moving forward? Of course not! I’ve realized turning the can’t of my amputation into a can is an ongoing and gradual process, but with Camp Koru I took some very long strides forward on this journey! The next time I start to freak out when I am going to try something new I’m going to stop and think about all the waves I caught in Maui and remember that the strength I felt then is always present within me.

I can’t thank Camp Koru and the John Wayne Cancer Foundation enough for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime and for blowing my mind! If you are a cancer warrior struggling to carry on then apply to camp!

~ Peter Greenwood, aka “Roar”
First-time Camp Koru participant in Camp 9, October 2013

2014 A4C Event Volunteer (and slightly-paid) Needs

The funds raised at our summer event series goes directly to fund our programs. As our primary source of funding, we aim to make the events amazing, but not without TONS of help! Volunteers get perks for helping out. Here are areas of event volunteer needs and a couple paid positions too.

heli-HALLMAN7147

Summer Event Volunteers – Kiteboarding 4 Cancer and Boards of Hope

Volunteer Positions available in all the following areas: Please fill out volunteer application HERE

Registration

Race Coordination

Logistics & Setup

Parties

Volunteer Management

Athlete Lounge

Silent Auction

Boards of Hope Art Project

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are many ways for businesses to get involved including…

Event Sponsorship — Your logo, brand, and possibly product presence throughout the event — email Tonia (at) athletes4cancer.org for more info.

Silent Auction Packages — create a silent auction basket or package based on a theme, donated by your company, A4C promotes it in advance of the event. Fun!!

Slightly paid positions:  

Please fill out volunteer application and email tonia (at) athletes4cancer.org directly with resume and your interest.

Sponsorship Coordinator – Kiteboarding 4 Cancer:

  • Develop, secure and track prospective and existing sponsors: Cash sponsors for event budget and in-kind/product sponsors for prizes, raffle, and athlete packs.
  • Maintain sponsor database (we already have one too) and ensure that sponsors and partners are tracked and recognized before, during, and after event.
  • Communicate with sponsors to obtain donations for event.
  • Manage sponsor needs during event, ensuring all sponsorship agreements are met.

Estimated time involved:

  • April 10-June 10: 12 hours/week
  • June 10-July 10: 8 hours /week
  • Event weekend: July 11-13
  • July 14-Aug 1: 2-4 hours/week

Marketing Coordinator – Events:

  • Put together a marketing plan for the 12 weeks prior to each event using A4C digital marketing channels (blog, e-news, website, facebook, twitter, stayclassy, causes, etc.) that achieves the goals of increased athlete participation, spectatorship and fundraising.
  • Manage social media presence prior to, and during, event.
  • Review and measure stats on HootSuite of all social media activity.
  • Coordinate poster design for events, working with Sponsorship Coordinator to represent sponsors.

Estimated time involved:

  • April 1-July 10: 12 hours /week
  • Event weekend: July 11-13

Silent Auction Coordinator:

  • Procure in-kind donations from businesses and individuals, obtaining item/service descriptions, photos, etc.
  • Completion of donation forms and maintaining records of donated items.
  • Coordinating correspondence materials, acknowledgement letters, etc.
  • Working with other volunteers and staff to prepare for the day of the silent auction
  • Organizing auction on day of the event
  • Closing auction and facilitating item distribution

Estimated time involved:

  • May 1-June 15: 8 hours/week
  • June 15-June 15: 12 hours /week
  • Event weekend: Friday, July 13-July 15

Boards of Hope Coordinator:

  • Promote Boards of Hope to artist communities
  • Procure artwork 
  • Coordinate communication, acknowledgement letters, etc. with artists
  • Work with other volunteers and staff to prepare for the day of the silent auction
  • Organizing Boards of Hope component of auction on day of the event
  • Manage Boards of Hope during live auction and facilitate item distribution

Estimated time involved:

  • April 1-June 15: 8-10 hours/week
  • June 15-July 15: 12 hours /week
  • Event weekend: July 11-13
  • July 14-Aug. 1: 2-4 hours /week

All slightly-paid positions please complete volunteer app above and email tonia (at) athletes4cancer.org with a resume and your interest.

Are you awesome? Wanna work with other awesome people?

camp10-10.31lg-1453Athletes 4 Cancer is looking for some awesome people to be involved in our organization on different levels in our programs, operations, and fundraising events.  We are a small but growing non-profit with national awards and recognition for our young cancer survivorship program.  You must smart, engaging, and pretty much awesome!

Are you awesome?

We believe in inspiring and empowering survivors to kick-start their lives after cancer through outdoor experiences and adventures, while forming healthy peer relationships along the way.  We aim to provide an attainable platform for personal success, self-growth, and achievement through the support of a focused staff and fellow campers. The camps serve as a vehicle to channel strength, promote renewal, and fuel passion for a healthy and productive life ahead while inspiring others to do the same.

camp10-awesome-10.31lg-1520

Camp Koru Lead Counselor (Paid, part-time seasonal) Location: Oregon, Hawaii

We are seeking highly motivated individuals with leadership experience at other outdoor organizations or in public service. Previous experience in facilitating group dynamics is desired, especially experience working with the age group of 18-35. The Camp Koru Lead Counselor will help support the growth and vision of the Camp Koru program.

What the Lead Counselor does:

Leads and facilitates groups of up to 16 young adults (with staff and volunteer support) at camp in activities, discussions, and interactions, while empowering them through adventures, decision-making, and relationship development.

Qualities we seek in our Lead Counselor:

  • A great leader
  • Compassion, patience and humility
  • Ability to articulate
  • Great character, empathy, energy and commitment
  • Communication skills including active listening, thoughtful feedback, and selfless input.
  • Passion, confidence and humor are also vital to the success of our staff.
  • Physical and Emotional Stamina:

Applicants must be sufficiently fit to participate in all activities at Camp Koru and maintain energy, strength, emotional stability and focus to support and lead participants with sometimes substantial physical and emotional obstacles.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree at minimum
  • Current adult First Aid and CPR
  • No therapeutic background is required, but preferred
  • Experience working with young adults is preferred
  • Knowledge of Google applications: Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs
  • Relevant life and work experience are preferred

camp10-10.30lg-1054

Program Coordinator (Paid, part-time) Location: Athletes 4 Cancer office in Hood River, Oregon

The Program Coordinator works with a small team at Athletes 4 Cancer to plan and execute each of our 5 Camp Koru retreats each year plus fundraising events. The Program Coordinator position is a dual role offering the unique opportunity to:

(a) Serve as a key support staff for Athletes 4 Cancer and Camp Koru operations and

(b) Work directly with our campers and camp program to help young survivors get their lives back after cancer.

Coordinating Program & Event Operations

The position involves considerable independent work as well as being an effective member of a team. Primary responsibilities are to process bills, be a key contact for camper and parent communications, healthcare provider communications, maintain participant files (digital), assist with participant information data and tracking, planning fundraising events and other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

This position also requires assistance with trip coordination, including but not limited to: Coordinating camp staffing and volunteers, outfitters, assisting counselors with packing and unpacking for trips, arranging for camp storage and restocking supplies as needed, organizing trip binder, travel itineraries, camp schedule, and other duties. The Program Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director and the Lead Counselor on program outreach and marketing. The Program Coordinator may serve as a substitute counselor at Camp Koru when needed.

Please refer to our website for a further understanding of our program and the people we serve:www.athletes4cancer.org

Position Qualifications:

  • * 4-year college degree
  • * Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • * Independently identifies and implements solutions to operations challenges.
  • * Experience in business or office setting.
  • * Excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • * Knowledge of Cloud-based applications and Google applications: Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs
  • * Knowledge and understanding of social media applications, guidelines for business use and strategies: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Vimeo, WordPress
  • * Ability to work within a budget and purchase supplies and services efficiently.
  • * Patience, enthusiasm, proactive communication style, flexibility and energy are a must.
  • * Knowledge & understanding of recreation and trip coordination
  • * The ability to relate well to others and to work effectively with a variety of people.
  • * Ability to provide appropriate structure, perspective and guidance in the process of program delivery.
  • * An understanding and commitment to the goals and philosophy of Athletes 4 Cancer
  • * Valid/clean driver’s license.

post-swim-HALLMAN5469

Fundraising Event Planner (Paid, Part-time seasonal) Location: Hood River or Portland, Oregon

This role requires an organized individual for 10-15 hours per week  March 15 – August 15  for our annual fundraising event Kiteboarding 4 Cancer, which takes place July 11-13, 2014. Position could possibly turn into an ongoing role. Key areas of responsibility include:

  • overseeing event planning during the 6-month fundraising season for Kiteboarding 4 Cancer
  • managing athlete, sponsor and donor relations during this time
  • supporting fundraising event efforts post-event including prize distribution, managing donor database, and other post-event communications

Qualifications:

  • experience in non-profit/fundraising desired
  • experience in project management, preferably with events
  • organization, attention to detail, discipline and follow-through
  • energetic, self-directed and assertive, but also flexible and creative
  • ability to multi-task
  • Knowledge of Cloud-based applications and Google applications: Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs
  • Knowledge and understanding of social media applications, guidelines for business use and strategies: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Vimeo, WordPress
  • strong communication skills and ability to collaborate effectively with all levels of staff and volunteers, both verbally and in writing
  • ability to confidently represent Athletes 4 Cancer and our mission as an ambassador

To apply, please email your resume and why you are awesome for one of these positions to info (at) athletes4cancer.org.

Are you awesome? Want to come work with other awesome people?

camp10-10.31lg-1453 Athletes 4 Cancer is looking for some awesome people to be involved in our organization on different levels in our programs, operations, and fundraising events.  We are a small but growing non-profit with national awards and recognition for our young cancer survivorship program.  You must smart, engaging, and pretty much awesome!

Are you awesome?

We believe in inspiring and empowering survivors to kick-start their lives after cancer through outdoor experiences and adventures, while forming healthy peer relationships along the way.  We aim to provide an attainable platform for personal success, self-growth, and achievement through the support of a focused staff and fellow campers. The camps serve as a vehicle to channel strength, promote renewal, and fuel passion for a healthy and productive life ahead while inspiring others to do the same.

camp10-awesome-10.31lg-1520

Camp Koru Lead Counselor (Paid, part-time seasonal) Location: Oregon, Hawaii

We are seeking highly motivated individuals with leadership experience at other outdoor organizations or in public service. Previous experience in facilitating group dynamics is desired, especially experience working with the age group of 18-35. The Camp Koru Lead Counselor will help support the growth and vision of the Camp Koru program.

What the Lead Counselor does:

Leads and facilitates groups of up to 16 young adults (with staff and volunteer support) at camp in activities, discussions, and interactions, while empowering them through adventures, decision-making, and relationship development.

Qualities we seek in our Lead Counselor:

  • A great leader
  • Compassion, patience and humility
  • Ability to articulate
  • Great character, empathy, energy and commitment
  • Communication skills including active listening, thoughtful feedback, and selfless input.
  • Passion, confidence and humor are also vital to the success of our staff.
  • Physical and Emotional Stamina:

Applicants must be sufficiently fit to participate in all activities at Camp Koru and maintain energy, strength, emotional stability and focus to support and lead participants with sometimes substantial physical and emotional obstacles.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree at minimum
  • Current adult First Aid and CPR
  • No therapeutic background is required, but preferred
  • Experience working with young adults is preferred
  • Knowledge of Google applications: Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs
  • Relevant life and work experience are preferred

camp10-10.30lg-1054

Program Coordinator (Paid, part-time) Location: Athletes 4 Cancer office in Hood River, Oregon

The Program Coordinator works with a small team at Athletes 4 Cancer to plan and execute each of our 5 Camp Koru retreats each year plus fundraising events. The Program Coordinator position is a dual role offering the unique opportunity to:

(a) Serve as a key support staff for Athletes 4 Cancer and Camp Koru operations and

(b) Work directly with our campers and camp program to help young survivors get their lives back after cancer.

Coordinating Program & Event Operations

The position involves considerable independent work as well as being an effective member of a team. Primary responsibilities are to process bills, be a key contact for camper and parent communications, healthcare provider communications, maintain participant files (digital), assist with participant information data and tracking, planning fundraising events and other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

This position also requires assistance with trip coordination, including but not limited to: Coordinating camp staffing and volunteers, outfitters, assisting counselors with packing and unpacking for trips, arranging for camp storage and restocking supplies as needed, organizing trip binder, travel itineraries, camp schedule, and other duties. The Program Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director and the Lead Counselor on program outreach and marketing. The Program Coordinator may serve as a substitute counselor at Camp Koru when needed.

Please refer to our website for a further understanding of our program and the people we serve:www.athletes4cancer.org

Position Qualifications:

  • * 4-year college degree
  • * Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • * Independently identifies and implements solutions to operations challenges.
  • * Experience in business or office setting.
  • * Excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • * Knowledge of Cloud-based applications and Google applications: Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs
  • * Knowledge and understanding of social media applications, guidelines for business use and strategies: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Vimeo, WordPress
  • * Ability to work within a budget and purchase supplies and services efficiently.
  • * Patience, enthusiasm, proactive communication style, flexibility and energy are a must.
  • * Knowledge & understanding of recreation and trip coordination
  • * The ability to relate well to others and to work effectively with a variety of people.
  • * Ability to provide appropriate structure, perspective and guidance in the process of program delivery.
  • * An understanding and commitment to the goals and philosophy of Athletes 4 Cancer
  • * Valid/clean driver’s license.

post-swim-HALLMAN5469

Fundraising Event Planner (Paid, Part-time seasonal) Location: Hood River or Portland, Oregon

This role requires an organized individual for 10-15 hours per week  March 15 – August 15  for our annual fundraising event Kiteboarding 4 Cancer, which takes place July 11-13, 2014. Position could possibly turn into an ongoing role. Key areas of responsibility include:

  • overseeing event planning during the 6-month fundraising season for Kiteboarding 4 Cancer
  • managing athlete, sponsor and donor relations during this time
  • supporting fundraising event efforts post-event including prize distribution, managing donor database, and other post-event communications

Qualifications:

  • experience in non-profit/fundraising desired
  • experience in project management, preferably with events
  • organization, attention to detail, discipline and follow-through
  • energetic, self-directed and assertive, but also flexible and creative
  • ability to multi-task
  • Knowledge of Cloud-based applications and Google applications: Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs
  • Knowledge and understanding of social media applications, guidelines for business use and strategies: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Vimeo, WordPress
  • strong communication skills and ability to collaborate effectively with all levels of staff and volunteers, both verbally and in writing
  • ability to confidently represent Athletes 4 Cancer and our mission as an ambassador

To apply, please email your resume and why you are awesome for one of these positions to info (at) athletes4cancer.org.

Amazing chefs (well, individuals, really) wanted for Camp Koru

You are an amazing chef who believes in whole and healthy eating as a way of life not just a trend. You know your way around gluten-free or vegan just as much as you do a fresh wild salmon or grass-fed beef from one of our local farm partners. You love food and cooking and want to share the healing properties of food with others. We want you!

Athletes 4 Cancer is seeking chefs for our week-long cancer survivorship camps – Camp Koru. Cancer survivors come to Camp Koru as a transition after treatment.  They want to find direction, self-love, and gain confidence to move forward beyond their cancer. Survival has been their focus. Now it’s time to thrive. You can learn more about Camp Koru here.

Eating well and focusing on an active healthy lifestyle is one of our goals at camp. Our camp chef plays an integral role to help achieve this goal.  We provide a healthy, realistic camp food budget because we believe in serving only the highest quality ingredients, organic, and locally-sourced if possible.  Our chefs volunteer to contribute their talents 3 meals a day for our 7 days camps.

Our head camp chef, Ahi, has set a high standard for what it takes to cook at Camp Koru. It takes not only a great chef to volunteer at Camp Koru, but a selfless individual with great character. Here are our qualifications in a Camp Koru chef:

  • must have diverse skills with food: must know gluten-free and vegan options as much as fish, pork, beef, and chicken – and without judgement.
  • must be comfortable with menu planning and utilizing multiple food resources
  • must be able to comfortably prepare and serve 3 meals a day for 7 days, for 20-24 people. No, that is not a typo.
  • must be able to work solo well and communicate need for assistance when necessary
  • must be comfortable delegating responsibility with an assistant
  • must be able to adhere to a budget
  • must be comfortable staying in rustic accommodations
  • must have empathy, patience, and compassion for people
  • must want to genuinely help people through his/her food
  • must be ok with campers showering you with gratitude after each meal
  • must put LOVE in his/her food

ahi-11.01lg-2480

Chef Ahi prepares amazing Camp Koru food with love
camp-food-pics

Photos, clockwise from top left: 1) Our dinner view at camp! 2) This is buffet food?? 3) Lunch on the fly! 4) A happy camper enjoys Ahi’s food 5) Sometimes dinner is by candlelight

Bottom line: You put LOVE in your food and we need you! Apply online here and mail info (at) athletes4cancer.org that you are interested.

 

Amazing what is happening long after camp is over.

camp10-10.31lg-1453A huge thanks to the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, The North Face, and the many individual donors who contributed throughout 2013 to make Camp Koru a huge success. Thank you to all!!

Below is a brief graphic report on our major impact to date. We measure the impact and effectiveness of our programs by the quality of the outcomes, not the quantity. Testimonials are one of our most powerful measures, and walking the talk is even more important. When attendees of Camp Koru leave camp and integrate back into normal life, most often there is a shift in direction. About 50% of our ambassadors report that they have either volunteered in their own cancer community or played a lead role in taking action in the cancer awareness and/or survivorship arenas. Inspiring leadership, passion and philanthropy in our ambassadors’ community is one of the goals of Camp Koru. As a value we aim to nurture and strengthen long after camp, volunteerism has an impact that touches thousands more lives than just the one we served.

Thank you for your support. If you are so inspired to make more impact, we could use your help for upcoming camp programs. Please consider making a donation here.  Happy New Year & we hope to see you again in 2014!

Athletes 4 Cancer 2013 Camp KoruAthletes 4 Cancer creates life-changing experiences for young adult cancer fighters and survivors through outdoor adventure programs that challenge, support, and inspire individuals to rebuild their lives after cancer.

jwcf-northface

Athletes 4 Cancer is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, IRS tax ID #42-1737854. We fund our event and charities solely through tax-deductible contributions from private individuals, corporations and foundations. For more information on Camp Koru and Athletes 4 Cancer, go to athletes4cancer.org.

John Wayne Cancer Foundation supports 2013 Camp Koru

John Wayne Cancer Foundation

The John Wayne Cancer Foundation has announced its support of our 2013 Camp Koru program through a grant that will fund 50% of the four week-long camps. We our honored and thrilled to have the John Wayne Cancer Foundation as an ongoing partner in cancer awareness and survivorship programs like Camp Koru!

The generosity of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation helped Athletes 4 Cancer start and carry out this program. JWCF and Athletes 4 Cancer share a mutual vision for harnessing the healing powers of physical activity and the outdoors to bring courage, strength, and grit to the fight against cancer.

JWCF - Camp Koru

The John Wayne Cancer Foundation has supported Athletes 4 Cancer’s Camp Koru since 2011, and has supported Athletes 4 Cancer’s Kiteboarding 4 Cancer fundraiser since 2008. We are proud to run camps with the John Wayne legacy of to someday end cancer in our lifetimes. Thank you JWCF!

JWCF Athletes 4 Cancer Camp Koru

JWCF Athletes 4 Cancer Camp Koru

Learn more about the John Wayne Cancer Foundation here and JWCF’s involvement as an ongoing supporter of Camp Koru!

Scenes & Results from Kiteboarding 4 Cancer 2013: KB4C Hits Goal, raising $100,038.18

The 7th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer was a HUGE success, meeting our fundraising goal of $100,000 with numbers totaling $100,038!

Funds raised help put on Athletes 4 Cancer’s Camp Koru Survivorship Program for young adults with cancer. Additional beneficiaries of the silent auction include OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute’s Adolescent & Young Oncology Program.

The weekend started out with light to no wind on Saturday, but the festival never stopped with music, activities, art, and food! Saturday kicked off with a wind dance and welcome ceremony from the Warm Springs Tribe Canoe Group of Warm Springs, Oregon, followed by One World Taiko Drummer Group from Seattle, delivering heart-pounding traditional Japanese drumming beats.

Ben Bonham and his band kicked in mid-day with some foot-stomping high-energy bluegrass, and No More Parachutes out of Portland got the crowd moving around 2 pm, right before the Surf & Swim race. Mosley Wotta and his hip-hop funk band rounded out the live music with some high-energy beats just before the silent auction closed.

With the delay of the Kite Derby on Saturday, event organizers shifted the athletes’ focus to some alternate activities that could garner additional laps toward their Kite Derby total lap count. The first event was the Taiko Drum Dance, where athletes had to stand amongst their pumped up kites and dance to the beat of the Taiko Drums while lap counters walked around and marked their jersey number down for an extra lap. The second lap bonus event was the Surf or Swim Race, where relay teams of 4 could either swim or paddle a surfboard around a buoy in front of the event site. No surprise that Team Patagonia, a solid team of surfers from Ventura, California paddled their way to the top spot by a long shot. Team Patagonia won an extra lap for their team totals toward the Kite Derby and every one who participated also received a point toward their lap count.

Saturday finished with our Boards of Hope Live Auction followed by the silent auction, which, combined, raised $16,258!

Sunday kicked off with light winds again, and not enough to run the Kite Derby. Then, around 1 pm the westerlies started kicking in, and at 3:00 pm the 7th Annual Kite Derby Endurance Race began! With just 3 1/2 hours of wind, racers put in the fastest laps ever recorded for the event, with lap counts similar to the 5th & 6th hours in past Kite Derby Races. Total laps for the 3 1/2 hours equaled 1781, with 422 laps counted in just the last hour. Donors stepped up and pledged $2 per lap for the entire race and 4 per lap for the final hour, bringing in $4406 just in day-of lap pledges!

A huge thank you to our supporters: Subaru North America & Bob Stone Subaru of The Dalles, The John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Patagonia, FCD Surfboards, Full Sail Brewing, 7 Apps, Alaska Airlines, Native Eyewear, Providence Hood River, Cabrinha Kites, SoloSports Adventure Holidays, North Kiteboarding, Liquid Force Kiteboarding, Slingshot Kites, Dakine, 2nd Wind Sports, Dub-Box USA, Kinesys Performance Sunscreen, Vela Kitesurf Resorts, Orchard Bar, Coast to Coast Event Services, Apple Valley BBQ, Breffo, Vita Coco Coconut Water, Best Kiteboarding, and ClifBar.

Did you miss the start of the Kite Derby? Always an epic site, here’s the perspective from the top of the announcer’s tower:

video-screenshothttps://vimeo.com/70490221

…And photos from photographers Richard Hallman and Jim Stringfellow. Complete results at the bottom of the photos! 

heli-HALLMAN6499

heli-HALLMAN7147stringy-kb4c2013-4

stringy-kb4c2013-1
native-HALLMAN4980
boh-HALLMAN5546 brianna-HALLMAN5680 brianna-HALLMAN7854 brianna-jas-HALLMAN8140 colleen-sensi-HALLMAN5002 competitor-photo-HALLMAN4912 drum-HALLMAN4826 grom-HALLMAN8975 group-HALLMAN8716 HALLMAN4988heli-HALLMAN6782jesse-HALLMAN5223 post-swim-HALLMAN5469 race-HALLMAN7514
post-swim-HALLMAN5437
race-HALLMAN7732race-HALLMAN7862grom-HALLMAN5636sat-HALLMAN5847stringy-kb4c2013-12swim-HALLMAN5881swim-HALLMAN5924swim-surf-HALLMAN5281taiko-HALLMAN5216tonia-richard-HALLMAN

tribe-HALLMAN4854 swim-HALLMAN5295 jenny-HALLMAN5616 brianna-HALLMAN8697windance-HALLMAN4948
trophy-HALLMAN5236 artboards-HALLMAN5499 johnwayne-HALLMAN5662 aerial-HALLMAN6506

windance-HALLMAN4967

Kite Derby Top Finishers — All counts below include bonus lap extracurricular events – the Surf or Swim Race, the Kite Dance, and the Symbol Photo.

Overall Individual:

  1. Grom Gormley – 42
  2. Gabor Vagi – 41
  3. Tony Bolstad – 38
  4. Cory Roeseler – 36
  5. Eric Reimer – 36

Overall Women:

  1. Carol Bolstad – 34
  2. Colleen Carroll – 31
  3. Rachel Callahan – 30

Teams: Combined lap count of all members riding 

  1. Team Naish – 36 (tie for 1st)
  2. 2nd Wind Sports – 36 (tie for 1st)
  3. Blade Kites – 33 (tie for 3rd)
  4. Liquid Force – 33 (tie for 3rd)

Groms: 18 and under

  1. Derek Fromm (16) – 29 laps
  2. Erin Mayer (15) – 27 laps (tie for 2nd)
  3. Vetea Boersma (12) – 27 laps (tie for 2nd)
  4. Savannah Boersma (14) – 21 laps

All Competitors by Jersey #:

Laps Jersey Name Team
11 5 Edginton  
19 8 Todd  
1 9 Nora H  
31 10 Carroll C  
  12 Elsasser E  
17 13 Heckathorn  
19 16 Vandome  
  17 Wolverton  
  18 Lapidus  
17 19 Gray  
14 20 O’Gorman J  
15 21 Beamer  
3 23 Hirsch  
27 24 Mayer  
30 25 Kelsey  
2 26 Langmaid  
21 27 Boersma S  
1 29    
29 30 Dennis  
1 32    
34 34 Bolstad C  
42 35 Gormley  
27 36 Maher  
2 37 Roeseler T  
2 38 Johnson  
2 39 Spurgeon  
2 40 Nora B  
10 41 Ackerman W  
2 42 Ackerman H  
24 43 Ackerman P  
38 44 Bolstad T  
30 45 Callahan  
28 46 Cross  
6 47 Vincent  
22 48 Boersma V  
24 49 Redman  
1 50 Silvernager  
1 51 Baker  
26 52 Bassett cabrinha crushers
- 52 McClure cabrinha crushers
- 52 McKenna A cabrinha crushers
- 52 McKenna I cabrinha crushers
33 53 Ward  
32 54 Kipling  
2 59    
1 60    
1 62 Lieberman Jace HuiHanaHou
- 62 Lieberman James HuiHanaHou
- 62 Lieberman Julia HuiHanaHou
27 63 Wylie team Spark
1 64 larkman  
3 65 Lathrop  
34 67 Norwood  
29 68 Fromm D  
33 69 Holmes Blade kites USA
- 69 Shaw Blade kites USA
- 69 Tse Blade kites USA
14 70 Gilman  
4 71 Nora P  
7 72 Larivee  
20 83 McKenna E  
23 84 Nash  
2 85 Wayne  
25 100 Rubin  
  101 McConnell  
2 102 Langmaid  
  103 Bold  
33 104 Graves Liquid Force
- 104 Kowalska Liquid force
- 104 Scheid Liquid Force
- 104 Smith Liquid Force
21 105 Fromm A  
22 106 Billets  
1 107 Reagan  
19 108 Eagan  
12 109 Schurton  
18 110 Mills  
41 111 Vagi  
21 112 Jorgensen  
14 113 Davis A Team Audrey
- 113 Davis M Team Audrey
- 113 Tayes G Team Audrey
- 113 Yates S Team Audrey
30 114 Yanakiev  
14 115 Cramer E  
8 116 Cohn  
22 117 Bradley Cabrinha legends
- 117 Elsasser Ed Cabrinha legends
- 117 Kinney Cabrinha legends
- 117 Lucas Cabrinha legends
  118 Doces  
27 119 Cook J cabrinha crusiers
- 119 Cook K cabrinha crusiers
- 119 Elsasser M cabrinha crusiers
- 119 Orzeck cabrinha crusiers
7 120 Roeseler L  
19 121 Zilberstein  
  122 Miller G  
31 123 Davison  
1 124 Carroll J  
25 125 Richardson Loops for lives
1 125 Cronin Loops for lives
36 126 Roeseler C  
25 127 Kitt O’Go
- 127 Miller S O’Go
- 127 Morgan O’Go
- 127 Murphy B O’Go
- 127 Murphy D O’Go
- 127 O’Gorman M O’Go
- 127 O’Gorman P O’Go
- 127 Salmon M O’Go
- 127 Salmon S O’Go
- 127 Wheeler O’Go
30 128 Ronk team North
- 128 Cunningham team North
- 128 schwarz team North
- 128 Kites team North
32 129 Newcomb  
25 131 Brown south padre island kite kings
- 131 Cohen south padre island kite kings
- 131 Sanders south padre island kite kings
- 131 Woodcock south padre island kite kings
27 132 Chouinard patagonia wind breakers
- 132 Lazinski patagonia wind breakers
- 132 McCaffery patagonia wind breakers
- 132 Slezak patagonia windbreakers
4 133 Winston  
18 134 Dawson  
  135 Elsasser A  
31 136 Gato Native eyewear
- 136 Koudele Native eyewear
- 136 Rienstra Native eyewear
- 136 Stewart Native eyewear
2 137 Anderson  
1 138 Sisk  
16 139 Cernera  
  143 Schenk  
12 145 Fisher  
  156    
2 157 Zallen  
33 158 Schonger  
24 160 Beeler  
20 161 Kohlwey Gorge Animals
- 161 Madden Gorge Animals
- 161 Taylor Gorge Animals
- 161 Wolff Gorge Animals
27 165 Clifford patagonia windmaker
- 165 Lang patagonia windmaker
- 165 Romano patagonia windmaker
- 165 Stevens patagonia windmaker
  168 Erjavec  
  170 Gallegos  
36 172 Blair Naish
- 172 Duhaime Naish
- 172 Richman J Naish
- 172 Richman S Naish
19 173 Buttrick  
6 174 Curtright(theory)  
36 186 Barnes 2nd wind
- 186 Edgar 2nd wind
- 186 Gerald 2nd wind
- 186 Giesler 2nd wind
36 197 Reimer  
       
    Diener  
    Leslie Nick  
    Leslie Nicolas  
    Lorimer  
       
    Mullard  
    Nash  
    Pugmire  

KB4C-Multipurpose-Header

Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Schedule for July 12-14

It’s Athletes 4 Cancer’s annual fundraiser, and it’s this weekend!

KB4C-Multipurpose-Header

SUNDAY MORNING JULY 14TH UPDATE:

  • Rider’s Meeting at 10:00 am to go over the day with a possible 1:00 pm Race Start. Meet at 10:00 am at the Event Site in front of the Announcer’s Tower for all the info.

Friday, July 12th

  • 4-6 pm: Athlete Check-in & Registration
  • 5-7 pm: Community & Athlete Waterfront Dinner
  • 8:30 pm: KB4C Kickoff Party w/Boards of Hope on display @ the British Pub, Downtown Hood River

Saturday, July 13th

  • 8:00-9:45 am: Registration, Kite Derby Endurance Race
  • 9:30 am: Silent Auction opens
  • 10:00 am: Kite Derby Rider’s Meeting
  • 10:15 One World Taiko Drummer Group
  • 10:15 am: Riders launch
  • 10:30 am: Kite Derby Endurance Race Start (May change, weather-dependent)
  • Noon: Full Sail Brewing Beer Garden opens
  • 12-2:00 pm: Athlete lunch served in athlete lounge by Chef Mark Whitehead, aka “Ahi” at Camp Koru
  • 12-1:00 pm: Live Music on the music stage — Ben Bonham & His Band
  • 2:00-3:00 Live Music on the music stage — No More Parachutes
  • 4:00-5:30 pm: Live on the music stage – Mosley Wotta
  • 4:30-5:30 pm: Kite Derby Endurance Race, scheduled finish
  • 4:30-6:30 pm: Late athlete lunch served in athlete lounge by Chef Mark Whitehead, aka “Ahi” at Camp Koru
  • 6:00 pm: Boards of Hope / Silent Auction Closes
  • 6:15 pm: Boards of Hope Live Auction
  • 7:00 pm: Kite Derby Race Awards
  • 8:00 pm: Estimated Finish

Sunday, July 14th

  • 10-11:30 am: Kite Relay Race Registration
  • 11:00-Noon: Never-Ever-Windsurfed-Before Race Registration
  • 11:30 am: Relay on the Green 4-Person Team Kite Relay Race
  • 1:30 pm: Never-Ever-Windsurfed-Before Kickstart & Race
  • 3:00 pm: Race Awards
  • 4:00 pm: KB4C Fundraising Awards
  • 4:30 pm: Estimated Event Close

All-sponsor-banner