Ride the Teal Wave

Paddling for a Cure in Bellingham Bay

Save the date! We’ll Ride the Teal Wave again Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023. Bring your own or rent a kayak, standup paddleboard, canoe—any nonmotorized watercraft—and join us for a fun paddle to raise awareness and research funding for low-grade serous ovarian cancer.

Paddlers at the inaugural Ride the Teal Wave. Read about it in the Cascadia Daily News

Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023
12:30 pm: Sign in at the Community Boating Center. Pick up a teal T-shirt and flag.
1 pm: Launch from the Fairhaven boat ramp.
1-3 pm: Paddle along the shore of Bellingham Bay. Gather in flotillas. Take pictures. Wave a flag. Have fun.
3-5 pm: Grab a drink and a snack and win door prizes at Skylark’s Hidden Cafe.

When we started planning the inaugural Paddle for a Cure on Bellingham Bay in 2022, to raise awareness and research funding for low-grade ovarian cancer, I reached out to all the low-graders I knew of in the region. One of them was Jill Scott, who happened to live just a county away from Bellingham and also was receiving treatment at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Unfortunately, Jill had ongoing complications following her surgery and was unable to participate. She promised to “share the hell out of it” anyway.

A few weeks after the event where we had hoped to meet Jill in person, she passed away from this relentless disease. Our hearts are broken and we send our love to her family, knowing that she deserved more time. She died within a year of her diagnosis.

Ride the Teal Wave is part of STAAR Ovarian Cancer Foundation’s Step Up America for Ovarian Cancer campaign. Donations support research for effective treatments to improve the outcomes for people like Jill—and us—who have low-grade serous ovarian cancer.

Women with low-grade: Sara, Dawn, France, Holly and Kari.
Read more about the event here.

Learn more about the symptoms of ovarian cancer and why it’s mislabeled a Silent Killer.

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