KB4C, 4U

The best events are the ones that start as acts of love, and so it is with the highly successful Kiteboarding 4 Cancer weekend that fills the Hood River waterfront July 15-17.

Welcome to all participants, competitors, cancer survivors and their supporters, and congratulations to Tonia Farman and all the folks who have guided KB4C over the years. They have turned it into a Hood River hallmark event, sporting or otherwise, and that says a great deal.

This celebration, while surf-based, remains grassroots, from events designed to give people a chance to try out the sport to the Camp Koru boards and other artistic Board of Hope up for auction, and auction prizes such as the “swell art” made by Kate McBride (page A11).

Go down and check it out, even if you are not “into” the sport. It’s all about having fun and raising money to give people a new lease on life

Funds raised at Kiteboarding 4 Cancer benefit Athletes 4 Cancer’s (A4C) Camp Koru, an outdoor adventure-therapy program for young adults with cancer. Through Camp Koru, A4C creates life-changing experiences for young fighters and survivors through outdoor adventure programs that challenge, support, and inspire individuals to rebuild their lives after cancer.

“We believe that every survivor should have access to the healing powers that the elements and the outdoors offer and are proud to have the Camp Koru program as Kiteboarding 4 Cancer’s beneficiary,” states the Kiteboarding 4 Cancer website.

“Cancer survivorship is an underserved area of the cancer world. Cancer survivors are faced with many after-effects of their disease and treatment — physically, emotionally, and financially. Many survivors face a serious dichotomy: They are frequently reminded by society and peers that all should be good and normal once treatment ends. However, this is quite the opposite. Young survivors often have a difficult time finding what their new ‘normal’ means and how to relate to others their age that have little understanding of their unique challenges.”

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