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OUR MISSION IS SIMPLE:

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We started as one: Newport Beach native Jack Marshall Shimko, who crushed his Hodgkin’s lymphoma through treatment and by surfing, swimming and paddling his way back to health. A lifelong ocean enthusiast, he realized that the sea played a huge role in his recovery. It helped him maintain a positive state of mind and keep his physical strength up along the way. And he realized that what’s good for him would be good for others. So in 2013, Jack started We Are Ocean to provide cancer patients and survivors ways to discover the healing power of the ocean–together. Today, We Are Ocean is made of many others, too: Chandler Bell, Jim Gray, John Polovina, Patrick Towersey, Wes Brown, Sarah Ihns, Alexandra Taylor, and Camp Director extraordinaire, Jill Jacobs. All healthy-living junkies and die-hard advocates of oceans everywhere–especially the big, deep, blue one nearby. And of course, We Are Ocean is the over 250 survivors and patients who have participated in our transformative recovery adventures since we began. And we are thousands of family members and friends who have provided love and support along the way.

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T E L L C A N C E R T O TA K E A L O N G WA L K O F F A S H O R T P I E R . We’ve created several ocean-based programs designed to help you get out there–way out there. Keep your mind sharp and your body fit. Connect you to a community of others that understands

what you’re going through and can share their knowledge and experiences. But most importantly, our programs are designed to challenge you to live out loud. Enjoy life to the fullest. Achieve. And heal.

Must complete an online application; must complete a WAO medical consent form and have your oncologist sign it in order to participate in any of the WAO programs.

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It takes place in the summer on peaceful Catalina Island in California. Camp WAO is only a short boat ride away from the Southern California coast, but it’s a million miles from the hustle and noise. What to expect: a week of sweet oceanbased exploration and opportunities to try something new. Everything from We A re O cea n

surfing, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking to sailing, snorkeling, “snuba” and restorative yoga. Lots of chances to connect with others, share your experiences, and get involved in your own healing. Live out loud, and live outside. C O S T: F R E E , Except Airfare 0 2

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Also known as “The Gathering Place,” the island of Oahu is the perfect place for a weeklong retreat full of experiences and active learning in, on, under or near the ocean. This adventure begins with a traditional welcome ceremony and luau just steps from the world-famous “Banzai Pipeline”—thanks to super supporters the Yester Ohana, who generously provide oceanfront housing. Then we’ll kick off a week of surfing, stand up paddle boarding, traditional outrigger canoeing and sailing. Uplifting restorative yoga on the sand, snorkeling with sea turtles, deep-sea fishing, and horseback riding on the beach. And, for sure, there’ll be plenty of wholesome food–plenty of fresh, local fish for fuel–and ample opportunities to make connections, reflect with others, and learn how to live a healthy, active, post-treatment life. C O S T: F R E E , Except Airfare

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WA O A D V E N T U R E S These are single-day events that take place at local beaches in California. Day adventures are outstanding ways to find out more about us, and for you to let us find out more about you. What to expect: a full day of amazing

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ocean activities like outrigger canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, surfing and sailing. Live music, games, fitness instruction, reflection, and plenty of fresh, healthy food. C O S T: F R E E

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WE’RE ALL ABOUT HELPING YOU HELP YOURSELF AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. We always provide you with lots of information about nutrition at our events. Inform you about the detriments of stress and benefits of exercise–yoga and meditation. We give you access to instructors and provide you with the tools that will help you help your body heal.

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OUTRIGGER CANOEING

S U PA D D L E B O A R D I N G

SURFING

K AYA K I N G

SAILING

SWIMMING

SNORKELING

“SNUBA” DIVING

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FISHING & ANGLING

O C E A N E D U C AT I O N

HIKING

ROPES & ZIP COURSE

K N O T S & S M A L L B O AT S K I L L S

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W E ’ L L S H O W Y O U H O W. W E ’ R E H E R E T O T E A C H . I N S P I R E . B E C A U S E W E K N O W. W E G E T I T. WE ARE SURVIVORS. WE ARE ADVENTURERS.

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“The ocean saved me. Every ounce of my recovery was focused on getting into the water–to feel it, be free in it and have it heal me from the inside out.”

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