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Hope Floats On September 8th, paddlers of all levels will kayak across Cadboro Bay to raise funds for InspireHealth and integrative cancer care in British Columbia. This summer will mark the sixth year for Kayak for a Cure, a Vancouver-based society that donates 100% of their event proceeds to charities close to their hearts. This annual fundraising challenge is open to the public and holds very special significance for the participants, most of who have been touched by cancer, either directly or indirectly. Many are cancer survivors themselves or living with a diagnosis of cancer; others are paddling as a unique way to support or honour a loved one. Paddling with Kayak for a Cure Victoria for the second consecutive year is Isabel Cordua-von Specht, an InspireHealth member. For Isabel, participating in last year's event was an expression of deep gratitude for all that InspireHealth had given her. "Getting involved was a way for me to give back," says Isabel, "InspireHealth helped me move towards a much deeper sense of health in all aspects of my life." Hoping to share her experience is what inspired Isabel to take to the waters: "I wanted to help raise InspireHealth's profile in Victoria so that others could benefit just like I had. Kayak for a Cure 2012 was a highlight for me in a treatment-filled year!" Kayak for a Cure™ was launched in 2006 in Vancouver. The society's mission is to organize and sustain community kayak events around the world to support cancer research and prevention programs. Through kayaking, their goals are to build community, provide inspiring experiences and raise money to support research and cancer prevention. InspireHealth has been the fortunate benefactor of this extraordinary event for three years. Last summer, the events hosted in Vancouver and Victoria raised over $50,000 in support of integrative cancer care. On event day, kayakers are divided into pods based on experience and are supported by professional safety guides. The event is followed by a beach party and barbecue for all paddlers and their loved ones. For more information on the event visit

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Seaside Magazine September 2013 Issue  
Seaside Magazine September 2013 Issue  

Think of our publication as an extra dimension of our community space, a place where the West Coast culture is treasured and celebrated. We’...