BREWER – If you saw dozens in kayaks and canoes making their way down the Penobscot River Saturday, they were taking part in Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s (NLEMMC) Champion the Cure Challenge.
The wind and clouds did not stop paddlers launching from the Brewer side of the Penobscot from raising money for local cancer research and treatment.
“We’re feeling good! It’s a wee bit chilly, but we’re going to warm up and it’s good, it’s a great group,” said participant Cora Fahy.
This is the second year NLEMMC has put on an event requiring a paddle.
Event organizer Cole Clayton said it’s to, “bring people to the water… the Penobscot River, let’s enjoy this special resource that’s ours for free.”
A long route and a different, short route gave participants a choice of how they wanted to take in the Bangor-Brewer city line.
For many though, Saturday was not just an excuse to dawn a mohawk hairstyle while paddling a war canoe…
“We are both surviving breast cancer,” said Fahy.
Paddling with Fahy, Brooke Ismail said it’s all about, “helping your community, get out here and paddle.”
According to Clayton, last year, this event raised around $16,000 for the Champion the Cure Challenge.
Organizers said this year, they think they’ll beat that.
“I’m a 22 year survivor…it’s your attitude. Keep a good attitude, keep the faith, and things will be fine,” said Tracey Frost Tolman.