This year’s Kiteboarding 4 Cancer, the world’s largest windsport fundraiser, finished its third annual event, raising $61,000 for regional cancer programs. Having raised over $150,000 for Gorge and Northwest cancer programs since its first year, KB4C has brought kiteboarding into the spotlight of mainstream action sports and fundraising communities.
KB4C athletes endured 6-hours of the challenging conditions of big swell and blasting winds, representing the battle that those with cancer endure daily in fighting the disease. The Standup Paddle Race was equally challenging with swell, currents, and head wind for those paddling the 2 hour endurance challenge. New for 2009, the Slider 4 Cancer drew the top local park-style riders to hit the 62-foot box in front of the event site.
Kite Derby Endurance Race Top Finishers:
“Grom” 24 laps
Alex Bloechinger 24 laps
Cynthia Brown 24 laps
Carl Davidson 23 laps
Tom Dawson 22 laps
Standup Paddle (SUP) Endurance Race Top Finishers:
Craig Bishop 11 laps
Doug Hopkins 10 laps
Ozzie Lenzsch 10 laps
Kent Forrest 9 laps
Victoria Hopkins 8 laps
Slider Top Expression Sessions:
1. Team Pro Leisure: Tony Bolstad, Sam Bolstad, Grom, Alex Bloechinger – 86 laps
2. Team 2nd Wind Sports: Pepi Gerald, Anna Webber, Nate Appel, Jason Wynn – 59 laps
Additional events at KB4C included the Live & Silent auctions, All Day Live Music Stage, Full Sail BBQ & Beer Garden, Raffle, Children’s Healing Art Project Tent and Awards party.
The John Wayne Cancer Foundation was instrumental in helping KB4C put on this year’s event. JWCF has supported KB4C since the beginning of the event in 2007, embracing the enthusiasm, health and energy contributions of the action sports community to give in the fight against cancer. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation is matching Kiteboarding 4 Cancer’s donations to our beneficiaries for 2009.
Kiteboarding 4 Cancer has researched many deserved and impactful cancer programs to benefit from donor funding to come up with 4 amazing organizations that drive cancer research, awareness, prevention and treatment programs in the Pacific Northwest and west coast:
• Children’s Healing Art Project – Bringing the healing power of art to kids with cancer — Portland, OR
• The Next Door Inc. – Breast Cancer Prevention Program – Hood River, OR
• Children’s Hospital of Seattle — Child Life Program – Seattle, WA
• Celilo Cancer Center — Uncompensated Care Program –The Dalles, OR
Kiteboarding 4 Cancer was founded by a group of Northwest kiteboarders to unite the kiteboarding unity and those in need for a great cause. Kiteboarding 4 Cancer is dedicated to bringing the healing power of wind and water to those affected by cancer through funding of advocacy, awareness, and prevention programs. KB4C raises funds through our annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer and Stand-Up Paddle 4 Cancer events in Hood River, Oregon.
Kiteboarding 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.