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DAY 7 (page 2 of 2): Friday, August 18, 2017

Pat, Linda, Karen, Jeanette and Bev accept the Community Fundraising award.
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Welcome back to our seventeenth consecutive year of Kayaking for Cancer!

I was asked for the first time this year to write why I paddle. I think before I may have answered, "because my dad does it...", but I realize now that, that's not why. I paddle for the 4 year old me who lost her grandfather, her idol, her smile on a bad day, her Papa Ron. I paddle for my Nana, my rock, my smile and part of my heart, who fought through 2 battles with cancer and survived, but day to day lives with 1 kidney. I paddle for my cousin Cindy Doucet, who is recovering from cancer right now. I paddle for my Aunt Claire and my Aunt Dorothy, kayaking to show them that I care. I paddle for mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, friends and loved ones, who are affected by this terrible disease and have to leave their family and friends before they're ready. I paddle because that quarter that was put in the donation bucket could be a life changer to many. I paddle because I want to be a part of something that motivates, helps and gives hope to those who feel hope is lost. I paddle for the day when cancer is no more and the disease that once affected most, affects few. I paddle for not only my family, but the thousands of others.

My dad started it with his friends 17 years ago. I plan to kick this disease in the butt with mine!

Dannika Dionne, Age 14



The Dionne's; Joe, Kurt, and Kevin with a cheque representing our seventeen year
fundraising total to the Canadian Cancer Society. (roll over or tap)

Kayaks fill the Rideau, leaving Hurst Marina.

As usual, most of the kayaks arrive at Long Island Lock upside down.

Time for a swim before supper.

Another great meal, including "potatoes to die for". Thanks Candice.

Dani Cali and her crew are ready for the third annual DANI CALI AWARD SHOW

Uncle Mike accepts his award, but tonight's big winner of the coveted
"Paddler of the Year Award" goes to Cindy Simpson. Congratulations Cindy.
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