Race, Ride & Glide on July 29 to Benefit Young Adult Cancer Survivors

Northwestern Medicine
News July 25, 2012
As the summer heat keeps us searching for ways to stay cool, consider using your next visit to the beach as a way to support a person with cancer. On Sunday, July 29 at Montrose Beach from 9 a.m. to noon, take part in the First Annual Chicago SUP YACS Classic, a stand up paddleboard (SUP) race, and ride and glide along Chicago’s lakefront.

Stand up paddleboarding, a combination of surfing and paddling, is an increasingly popular water recreation activity. Even if you’ve never done it before, this event has something for you. In addition to adult heats for men and women, there will be a mixed-gender adolescent heat and a kid’s sprint. A SUP clinic will also be offered for those who just want to try out a board and get their feet wet without joining the competition.  You can still be out on beautiful Lake Michigan paddling around and know that by simply being there you’re helping a young adult cancer survivor.

Nearly 70,000 individuals between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year.  Early in my career as a health psychologist and researcher, I worked with some young adult cancer patients who had a profound effect on me, maybe because we were around the same age, but also because their lives seemed to be affected in such different ways compared to the older adult cancer patients I saw. This age group has been referred to as being “lost in transition” when they finish treatment and enter survivorship because of all of the important life events, decisions and milestones that were either significantly interrupted or abandoned all together. 

Funds raised will support the initiatives of True North Treks* and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, and members of “Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance”, who aim to raise awareness and effect positive change for young adults with cancer. Sponsoring organizations include Surfrider Foundation - Chicago Chapter, Kayak Chicago, Athleta Chicago, and Pacifico Cerveza.

The race begins at 9 a.m., followed by the beginners’ clinic and other activities, and a post-race awards ceremony and celebration of young adult cancer survivors (YACS) will be held at the Dock Restaurant where the Chicago band, South of 80, will perform. 

Beginners and families are welcome and rentals will be available as part of registration. Click here* for details and registration.
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