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Kiteboarders ride for cancer this weekend

Hood River — Hundreds of kiteboarders will “shred” the Columbia River for a good cause Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13.

From its spectacular start, with hundreds of colorful kites circling in the sky, to a challenging finish six hours later, Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) fueled by Subaru, is a event that blends kiteboarding, surfing, summer fun and good intentions.

KB4C is North America’s largest amateur kiteboarding race, drawing more than 200 amateur and professional kiteboarders to raise funds for Athletes 4 Cancer’s Camp Koru survivorship program.

Events include a beachfront festival expected to attract more than 2,000 spectators. In addition, there is the display and auction of hand-made recycled surfboard art, a continuous flow of live music with six different acts, the Full Sail beer garden, the co-mingling of extreme athletes, young cancer survivors and their supporters, beach-goers and the first Never-Ever-Windsurfed-Before Race.

Athletes 4 Cancer is a Columbia Gorge-based non-profit organization that helps young cancer survivors reconnect with the great outdoors and move on after a battle with cancer, hosts the annual event.

“Camp Koru survivorship program is an adventure retreat experience that helps young cancer survivors, ages 18-40, to find healing, achievement, and life renewal through outdoor experiences in the ocean and the mountains,” said Athletes 4 Cancer Founder and Executive Director Tonia Farman. “

Cancer survivors and those that want to help them, participate side by side at the event; so do athletes, fundraisers, supporters, spectators and volunteers.

Surfers and artists donate hand-painted recycled surfboards, skateboards, kite boards and snowboards that are auctioned off to support the cause.

Snowboard artist Samantha Newton, a young cancer survivor, recently attended a Camp Koru snow camp and hand painted her board about the week-long journey.

For more information, visit www.athletes4cancer .org or www.kb4c.word press.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kiteboarding4Cancer. Twitter: https://twitter. com/kb4c.

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