We’re seeking board members who care about cancer survivorship

Are you passionate about helping young adults affected by cancer renew life and thrive after cancer? Do you have professional talents that can help our organization?
Athletes 4 Cancer is seeking individuals who are passionate about our mission and willing to harness their skills & talents to help on our advisory board and board of directors. We are seeking board assistance in each of these areas: legal, fundraising, executive leadership, marketing, and recruiting.
We think a little of your time can go a long way in helping our organization. Here’s what we ask of our board members – check out ‘Commitments’ below. Want to get involved or apply?
  • Attend 4 board meetings / year, ideally 2 in person and 2 via phone or video: February, May, August, November
  • Financial donation of $500 annually or 50 volunteer hours / year
  • Complete Board of Directors questionnaire
  • Be passionate about cancer survivorship and our mission:
    Athletes 4 Cancer helps cancer survivors find healing and empowerment through movement and connection.

Please email Tonia @ athletes4cancer.org with questions or apply. Thank you for your interest!


Green Team kites for the cause of cancer

Fundraising Green Team say they are addicted to kiting. That's a good thing!
Fundraising Green Team say they are addicted to kiting. That’s a good thing!

“Here’s a picture of all of our kites that we used on our last vacation kiteboarding in Maui.  We named our KB4C team ‘The Green Team’ because everyone on our team loves nature and enjoys outdoor activities. Taking care of the environment is important to us. We have been addicted to it since our first lesson! We are from Colorado and Florida,” wrote Brad and Mary Thompson.



The kiteboarding GREEN TEAM rocked today’s Kiteboarding 4 Cancer  today. They had a rider on a hydrofoil board – not an easy board for a six hour ride. They helped raise money to support our programs that help young adults with cancer.

What a way to ride


“An experience on Mt. Hood during Camp Koru turned my world around.”

Samantha and the Mountains

“When I look out across the Willamette Valley and see the those little white triangles peaking over the hills, my heart skips a beat. My soul is connected to them. An experience on Mt. Hood during Camp Koru turned my world around.

Samantha finds solace in nature“I have learned that it is not the mountain I must conquer, but myself and I continue to look to the mountains for healing. Everyone has their own mountain to conquer. Mine just happened to be cancer” – surfboard artist Samantha Newton.

Her board will be auctioned off at Boards of Hope in a little bit – at 6:30 pm here at KB4c.

Team Patagonia and some sexy boards are on their way to KB4C

Patagonia is an outdoor sports/clothing manufacturer with a long history of giving back and environmental stewardship. This year at KB4C, the Patagonia kiteboarding team is back for their fourth consecutive year.

Fletcher Chouinard was an early adopter of kiting, and in the last few years has converted most of his friends that surf into kiters. Every year, more people from Patagonia come and support the event, including surfboard shaper and legend Gerry Lopez, who has recently become addicted to kiting. Patagonia’s team helps raise funds and awareness for Athletes 4 Cancer. Check out these gorgeous custom boards they are donating to our Boards of Hope auction this year.  You can bid on them Saturday, July 12th at 6:30 pm!  Join us in thanking team “Patagonia West.”


2009 Kiteboarding 4 Cancer and SUP 4 Cancer Results

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.

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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:

Dylan Thompson
Gene Kishinevsky
Ian Daly
Joby Cook
Chris Trepamber

Top Teams:

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.

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2009 Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Raises $63,000 and Cancer Awareness

Just when we thought KB4C couldn’t get any better, it did. Participants pumped up their kites and the clouds parted  as 125 kiteboarders and about 20 standup paddlers took to the windy conditions and swell-blanketed waters of the Columbia for the 3rd annual event. Through athlete fundraising, silent and live auctions, a raffle, and beer and food sales, participants raised over $58,000 for cancer programs: Celilo Cancer Center, The Next Door Inc., Children’s Healing Art Project, John Wayne Cancer Foundation, and Children’s Hospital Seattle.

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Thank you to our sponsors…

John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Dakine, Liquid Force Kiteboarding, Amundson Designs, Transcend Apparel, 2nd Wind Sports, Gorge Performance, Windance, Mystic, Oregon Screen Impressions, NSI, Real Watersports, Best Kiteboarding, Elemental Herbs, Full Sail Brewing, Apple Valley BBQ, Express Color, Progression, Ben Wilson Surf, Gorge Delights, Water from the Hood, Cascade Kiteboarding, Spleen, Slingshot, SDS Lumber, The Slider Project, South Bank Kitchen, Big Pappa’s, Gorge Catering, Freelance Imaging, and GoPro.

And Silent Auction donors…

COR Cellars, Palapas Ventana, Urban Flora, ikitesurf, Twiggs, Discover Bicycles, Lexx’s Auto Detailing, White Mountain Wellness, Zella’s Shoes & Fashion, Windance, Cascade Eye Center, Naked Winery, Slingshot, Hanna’s Great Dog Store, Native Eyewear, Apple Valley BBQ, Walmart, Les Schwab, Progression, Promotion, The Next Door Inc., KeriWear, Living Green, Garret Zallen, Cookshack Smokers, Jerry Tomasek, Henry Rico, Quenett Winery, Columbia Laser Skin Center, Ben Wilson Surf, Cascade Accupuncture, Skull Candy, Brian’s Windsurfing/Kiteboarding, Big Pappas, Celilo Cancer Center.

©2009 RHALLMAN 9041Setting up in the morning before the start.

Dylan Thompson hits the KB4C SliderPhoto by Henry Rico
©2009 RHALLMAN 3565Painting cars and tarp at Children’s Healing Art Project tent.

action-kidPhoto: Colby Oterorico-CHAP-peepsChildren’s Healing Art Project crew. Photo by Henry Rico
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©2009 RHALLMAN 9034Cynthia “Cynbad” Brown proudly wears her “Stop Cancer” shorts
action-jasonwynn1st Place Fundraiser Jason Wynn. Riding for Irv Stein. Photo by Colby Otero
artpiece-eyesofcancerThe Eyes of Cancer. Art by Nathan Hannah. Photo by Henry Rico
action-surfboard-grabPhoto by Colby Otero
©2009 RHALLMAN 3183SUP Endurance Racers charge downwind at the start of the race.band-merementionPortland Band Mere Mention on stage. Photo by Henry Rico
action-dylan-nosepressDylan Thompson on the Slider. Photo by Henry Rico
©2009 RHALLMAN 9099Irv Stein, Cancer Survivor and 2nd place winner of 2008 KB4C, with son, Ari.
©2009 RHALLMAN 9118Lots of love at Kiteboarding 4 Cancer
©2009 RHALLMAN 9183SUP Endurance Race Winners Doug, Ozzie, and Craig
©2009 RHALLMAN 9045The organizers of KB4C and SUP4C.
©2009 RHALLMAN 9080How much are you willing to donate for a “Frankatini?”
©2009 RHALLMAN 9167The top fundraisers show off their prizes.
©2009 RHALLMAN 9202Top 3 Kite Endurance Race Winners: Carl Davidson, Grom, Alex Bloechinger

Bands Playing at KB4C Saturday!! Check them out!

12:15-1:15:  Mere Mention – Portland. Find them on http://www.myspace.com/meremention

2:15-3:15: Climatize – Portland. Find their music at http://www.myspace.com/climatizeband

4:15-5:15: Surf Vipers -Hood River. Find their music on http://www.myspace.com/thesurfvipers

8:00 – 10pm: Shades of Society – Bend, http://www.myspace.com/shadesofsociety