John Wayne Cancer Foundation Teams up with Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Race for a Cure – $143,000 Raised

Official Press Release is out!

jwcfThe John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) recently supported the 2nd Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer race along the Columbia River in Oregon on August 9, 2008.  Kiteboarders raced in a 6-hour Kite Derby to raise money for the fight against cancer.

Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) was established by Tonia Farman in August 2007 in memory of her brother Scott, after she watched him battle Leukemia. Tonia’s love for kiteboarding and desire to raise cancer awareness led her to establish this unique event.   “We were so excited to work with JWCF, whose spirit and tenacity embodies John Wayne’s zest for life, just like so many of our athletes.  This event is just one way our community comes together to fight against this disease which touches everyone’s life,” says Tonia.

“JWCF is thrilled to work with KB4C in the fight against cancer. This unique event includes an endurance race and long distance jump contest; providing kiteboarders a way to express themselves in the fight against cancer. The event brings together athletes, donors, spectators, bands, volunteers, the kiteboarding industry, and local companies, who are all focused on finding a cure. To reward everyone’s hard work and dedication, JWCF is matching the KB4C donation to JWCF, and JWCF is working with KB4C to support local cancer organizations and innovative new radio wave cancer research. My dad would have loved this event, and I’m looking forward to competing in the 3rd annual event in 2009.”  – Ethan Wayne, son of John Wayne.

The John Wayne Cancer Foundation vowed to match the funds initially raised by KB4C which totaled $48,000. Including the money raised during the event’s silent auction, the total funds raised during this one-day event equaled $143,000. These funds will be donated to the following four cancer organizations:

Children’s Healing Art Project
Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) brings the healing power of art to children in crisis and their families with a mobile team of teaching artists working in Portland’s children’s hospitals (Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, Legacy Emanuel Children’s Hospital) & at Art Club, CHAP’s post-hospital art camp in our Pearl District studio.

Celilo Cancer Center Patient Services Fund
Celilo offers cancer patients and their families healing opportunities for the body, mind and soul. Located on the campus of Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Oregon, Celilo employs the latest in cancer treatment technology and some of the nation’s top oncology professionals. Beyond technological advancements, Celilo aims to personalize, humanize and demystify cancer treatment through the host of complementary healing and patient service features that comprise the center’s integrative therapy program.

The Scotty Guild for the Child Life Program at Children’s Hospital Seattle
The Scotty Guild was found on the premise that children and teens battling cancer and other debilitating illnesses should have access to therapeutic activities that stimulate the mind, soul, and body, while going through their individual treatments. 100% of the Scotty Guild proceeds funds the Children’s Hospital ChildLife program, which brings art, music, and activities to the bedsides of these children.

John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation
The John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation (JKCRF) donation will be received by Steven Curly at M.D. Anderson. The KCRF is a group of dedicated individuals supporting ongoing research for the Kanzius Radiowave Treatment project. Treating cancer more effectively and without the debilitating side effects associated with current therapies were the goals of John Kanzius when he began; the result is a novel radio wave generator that warms nanoparticles attached to or absorbed within cancer cells. The warming kills the cancer cells with little or no damage to nearby cells, thus dramatically reducing or eliminating side effects. And, the treatment is non-invasive without surgery or multiple insertions of probes. Our mission is to create regional and national awareness of the potentials of this therapy, and to help to accelerate the speed at which research progresses.  We believe that by acting together in support of continuing research and development we can make a difference in the lives of people who suffer from this disease.

About The John Wayne Cancer Foundation

John Wayne beat lung cancer in 1964. He died 15 years later after a struggle with cancer of the stomach. During this difficult period, he became passionate about helping others fight this terrible disease. John Wayne’s children promised to fight cancer in memory of their dad  and they created the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) to bring courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer. Since its founding in 1985, JWCF has supported awareness, education and support. JWCF has also been committed to groundbreaking cancer research and education at the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI).

JWCF recently created the Team DUKE fundraising program to empower everyone to take action in the fight against cancer. Team DUKE is an athletic fundraising program unlike any other. You pick the sport. You pick the event. We help you get geared up, enlist sponsors and meet your goals. And all of your hard work benefits JWCF’s life saving programs. Saddle up and join Team DUKE online at

Find us online at and or contact us by phone at 949.631.8400.

John Wayne and DUKE are exclusive trademark property of Wayne Enterprises. The John Wayne name and likeness and all related indicia are intellectual property of Wayne Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.


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