Tyler's Dam That Cancer is the premier fundraising event for The Flatwater Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides access to mental health services for those in need affected by cancer. This summer, Lake Austin paddlers, once again provide the setting for the fifth anniversary of Tyler's Dam That Cancer. It was another great year for a 21-mile stand-up paddle and party on Monday, June 9th, 2014.
This year’s event will see a group of determined individuals show their commitment in the global fight against cancer, with each paddler raising over $2,000 for The Flatwater Foundation. Their reward – together they will travel the entire length of Lake Austin, from Mansfield Dam to Tom Miller Dam – 21 miles – testing their physical and mental limits as they take this journey on stand-up paddle boards for over eight hours under the hot Texas sun.
1.68 billion people are impacted globally by a cancer diagnosis – one in every four humans on earth.
Dam That Cancer participants are cancer survivors, brothers or sisters, sons or daughters, mothers or fathers or even the best friend of someone touched by the disease.
The Flatwater Foundation is an Austin-based non-profit dedicated to providing those in the community diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families and loved ones, access to therapy and physical activities to improve their mental health.
The Foundation’s integrated approach combines access to traditional methods of psychological counseling, in combination with mental wellness provided by physical activity in the forms of yoga, meditation, group exercise, stand-up paddle boarding and personal training for Austin families impacted by a cancer diagnosis. All proceeds raised are in support of The Flatwater Foundation.
Dam That Cancer is a true social gathering of friends and family who all are out to support the same cause. We are all coming together to enjoy a day out on the lake in one of the most relaxing and fun ways you can think of. So because of this, we wanted to represent this moment in our logo which we call the Hui. It’s made up of six boards on the water coming together to form the abbreviation DTC.
Team Beaver Sisters: Jenny Beaver & Michelle Beaver Gilliland
For the 3rd year in a row, my amazing sister Michelle and I paddled 21 miles on the Colorado River (dam to dam) to raise money for a cause that is very dear to our hearts. Together we raised over $3,000 for Flatwater Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides access to mental health services for those in need affected by cancer. We are honored to be a part of such a terrific foundation and this year we paddled not only for loved ones, but also for those looking to find their own *flatwater.
*the peace and serenity of flat-water…
This year we paddled in honor of Karen Kaplan, Esther Lavonne, Tony Do, Jennifer Jones, Euny, and John Neill... a small group of AMAZING loved ones who've either survived or are still battling cancer. You inspire everyone around you and were our inspiration for our 21 mile paddle!
With heavy hearts we were also VERY proud to paddle in memory of loved ones we've lost to cancer. Carol Beaver, Robert Gilliland, Byron Krauter, Tracey Roberts, Joan Seufer, Mike Maloy & Adam Yauch. Lots of LOVE went into these 21 miles and with inspired hearts, new friendships, and the ultimate goal of “Enabling those in need to Live Inspired and Feel Empowered,” we look forward to paddling 21 miles for our 4th year in 2015!