Ride Engine originally launched it's popular boutique harness brand at Kiteboard 4 Cancer just two years ago in 2015. Today, they have expanded to wetsuits, bags, clothing and accessories for the water enthusiast. We are stoked to have Ride Engine will join us at the 11th Annual Kiteboard 4 Cancer in Hood River as a Silver Sponsor!
I know we talked about, announced it even! But unfortunately it's not going to happen in 2017. As any of you know who have put on events... it's really easy to attend events and much much harder to actually organize and pull them off! Here's why KB4C decided to hold off on putting on a Kiteboard 4 Cancer in San Francisco....
Kiteboard 4 Cancer Hood River has built an organization and incredible programming that services hundreds of young adult cancer survivors each year. The mission: To enrich the lives of young survivors through community and the outdoors as a way to move forward after cancer.
Focused on carrying out this mission, our board and staff went through a rigorous strategic planning series this winter to prioritize our goals and objectives for the years ahead. As a non profit organization, we have to carefully balance our resources between programming and fundraising events. Anyone who has been on a non profit board can relate!
On the programming side, we’ve seen increased interest in our survivorship programs in the Bay area and an opportunity for us to help provide resources where there are few. This was an amazing revelation for us!
This made it super clear to us that we needed to shift our focus in San Francisco from an event to the work we do.
With that said, 2017 is not going to be our year for a SF KB4C. Instead, we are aiming to add two cancer survivorship programs in San Francisco for young survivors. One is This is Life, a workshop retreat to help young survivors build a toolkit for navigating life after cancer. The other is Kite it Out, a one-day event revolved around flying kites, designed to give young adult cancer survivors respite from daily life with, and after, cancer.
With a growing number of applicant survivors in the SF community, we felt the need to conduct programming first before a kiteboarding fundraiser. The community aspect is big for us. This means reaching out to local partners to help us achieve impact and expand the work we do to a community that needs it. That said, we are really excited to be kicking off these programs in 2017! Read about these details here.
I trust people will understand that we want to be truly authentic about what we do, and this is what we do. We would love for the community to be a part of the work we do in the bay area through volunteering and support of the programs. It's not as 'sexy' as being part of a big event, but it is the purpose behind doing an event.
Kiteboard 4 Cancer Hood River will continue to run here in the Gorge, as it has been for the last 10 years:
July 14-16, 2017
As always, I appreciate community input and contributions to make KB4C successful wherever that is! Feel free to reach out anytime. If you have time to give, consider volunteering here: https://goo.gl/jACIij
Event Director, Kiteboard 4 Cancer
Executive Director, Athletes 4 Cancer
The 2016 Kiteboard 4 Cancer event raised funds for us to expand our programming where there is the most demand, and one of those regions is San Francisco and surrounding areas. Athletes 4 Cancer had a growing number of applicants from California to our current programs in Oregon and Hawaii. We also recognized the great capacity in the Bay area for program collaboration with some of the top healthcare and cancer facilities in the country. With that said, we are thrilled to announce the expansion of two new programs for young adult cancer survivors in the Bay Area!
In collaboration with Stanford Cancer Center and the Stanford Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Program, Athletes 4 Cancer is planning This is Life, a workshop retreat designed to help young survivors build an essential-skills toolkit for navigating life after cancer. The exact date for the 2017 This is Life in SF is still TBA, but is scheduled to be sometime in the Fall.
The second program we are starting in the Bay area is Kite it Out, a one-day outdoor event that revolves around flying kites for fun, designed to give young adult cancer survivors respite from daily life with, and after, cancer.
We are currently seeking sponsors and volunteers for both programs - please email us at info at athletes4cancer.org to get involved.
With the focus on program needs first, we realized it was not realistic to also start and run a Kiteboard 4 Cancer in San Francisco as well. We aim to be truly authentic about what we do, and impact-focused programming needed to come first before running an event in a new location. We invite the community to be a part of the work we do in the bay area through volunteering and support of these programs!
Kiteboard 4 Cancer is proud to have Patagonia as an ongoing kickass sponsor of KB4C and supporter of the sport of kiteboarding! This is Patagonia's 5th year sponsoring Kiteboard 4 Cancer and 3rd year as Title Sponsor!
Kiteboard 4 Cancer brings together kiteboarders from around North America for an incredible festival of kiteboarding and celebration of life. Patagonia has supported KB4C with company support, prizes, a great employee matching gift program, as well as some of the most passionate and participatory kiters in the event: Patagonia ambassadors Jason Slezak and Reo Stevens with Surf Ambassador Kohl Christensen and surf legend Gerry Lopez.
The Patagonia Portland store has also participated in Kiteboard 4 Cancer, donating outerwear and provisions for our kite derby prizes. Patagonia's Worn Wear truck sometimes makes an appearance, offering to repair and recycle Patagonia products to extend the life of outerwear in place of getting something new.