California Men Pledge To Paddle Catalina Island Coastline To Raise Funds For Breast Cancer Research
We all have unique ways of coping with the news of a cancer diagnosis in the family. Many experience feelings of anger, fear or sadness. Charley Cover however, felt convicted to do his part in the fight against the disease after his sister Carolyn was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago. With the goal of inspiring people to donate to cancer research and spreading awareness of the disease, Cover and friends paddled 60 miles of the California coastline over the course of three days, from Jalama to Rincon, and raised more than $19,000 in 2006.
Charley Cover training for the big paddle…
This year Cover, 35, will paddle once again, this time circumnavigating Catalina Island by starting and ending at Isthmus Harbor, to raise money for breast cancer research at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC). Beginning on August 14th, Cover will complete the 47 mile paddle over three days along with Steve Faber, Eric Brinkman, Matt Ellis, Dean Lakoff, Steve Orloff, Ole Barre and support boat captain Chuck Cover. Cover decided to direct the proceeds of his paddle to the JCCC because of his firm belief that research is the key to battling breast cancer. “Being a father to two young girls, I hope that my efforts as well as those of all who donate to breast cancer research will pay off sooner rather than later. Science is bringing us closer to more effective therapies everyday so that my daughters won’t have to worry about this disease,” said Cover.
According to the American Cancer Society, one out of every eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Cover specifically designates the donations made to his event to breast cancer research under the direction of Dr. Dennis Slamon, Director of Clinical/Translational Research at the JCCC, who conducted the research that led to the development of the breast cancer drug Herceptin. Herceptin targets a specific genetic alteration found in around 30 percent of breast cancer patients and is one of the drugs Cover’s sister Carolyn has received in her treatment.
UCLA’s JCCC has been rated among the nation’s top 10 cancer centers by U.S. News & World Report for nine consecutive years. Internationally recognized for developing better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer, the JCCC’s researchers are pioneering new treatments that target cancer cells without destroying healthy cells. Discoveries such as these are changing the way cancer is being treated throughout the world.
Donations to support Cover’s efforts are fully tax-deductible and can be made online. Visit http://giving.ucla.edu/cancer and select “Paddle for Cancer” from the drop-down menu to support Cover’s pledge and the fight against breast cancer. Or visit www.cancer.ucla.edu/paddleforcancer for instructions on how to donate by mail.
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