TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. (August 1, 2014) – “Paddle Against Cancer,” an annual stand-up paddleboard charity event, raised $39,000 for Moffitt Cancer Center in May, $8,700 more than last year. This brings the total amount raised for cancer research in the event’s four years to $109,000.
This year’s event, held on May 24, featured 262 stand-up paddleboard enthusiasts doing 3-mile or 7-mile paddles, followed by a poolside celebration.
Gene Evans, a Stage 4 kidney cancer survivor and senior vice president at Clearwater-based USAmeriBank, created the paddleboarding event to give back to Moffitt and offer support for other cancer survivors.
Evans has been a patient at Moffitt since May 2009. He has recovered from four surgeries, including removal of tumors in his kidney and spine. Evans recently celebrated three years of clear scans.
“Being physically and mentally active, along with Moffitt’s guidance, helped me to fight the cancer,” Evans said. “I’m glad I can encourage others to be fit while giving back to an organization that has helped me so much.”
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.