TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A team of paddleboarders will paddle non-stop for 24 hours on the Hillsborough River to raise funds to help Tampa Bay families going through cancer with a loved one.
The fundraiser is called The Monster and Sea 24 and is a relay-style paddle presented by Urban Kai, a paddleboard shop near Armature Works. The message is to let families know their community loves them and is fighting for them.
“I lost my uncle to cancer and I lost a good friend here in Tampa Bay. We’re all really paddling for those we lost, those who survived. I feel like everybody these days is personally affected by cancer some way or another,” Urban Kai Employee and Paddleboarder Ami Granger-Welch said.
The goal is to fill envelopes with donations to give to these families.
The 24-hour paddle will start May 15 at 8 a.m. near Urban Kai and Armature Works and will end May 16 at 8 a.m.
“They can kayak, they can bring out their canoe, surf, ski. We just want people to get together and just paddle for this cause,” Urban Kai Owner Aimee Conlee said.