AUSTIN (KXAN) — Standup paddle boarders at Lake Austin paddled 21 miles and raised over $250,000 for cancer support.
The Flatwater Foundation hosted its fifth annual Tyler’s Dam That Cancer fundraiser party at Hula Hut on Monday, raising money to provide mental health care to families and victims coping with a cancer diagnosis.
“The paddlers had to raise a certain amount of money before they could paddle,” said Trey Hardee, global ambassador for the Flatwater Foundation. “They’re out there paddling for family members and friends diagnosed with cancer. It’s quite a sight to see all the paddlers finish their last few strokes and come into Hula Hut. It’s nice being around here with everyone supporting and encouraging one another.”
All the money raised by paddlers and donors over the last few months goes directly toward funding these programs. Last year, Dam That Cancer raised over $250,000 as well.
Hardee, a world-champion decathlete, was one of several professional athletes in attendance. NHL Hall of Famer Chris Chelios and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ricky Berens were some of the other special guests at the fundraiser.
“Everyone should come out and support the Flatwater Foundation because it helps keep Austin weird. It’s local, it’s Austin-based, it’s a great time. You get to hear so many inspiring stories. There are so many great people here that give up their time and resources to make this event happen,” said Hardee.