Standup for the Cure raises thousands of dollars for breast cancer awareness

On the shores of Lake Sammamish not even the return of a smoky haze or an August drizzle could take away from the vibrancy of what brought this crowd together to raise money and awareness for early detection of breast cancer. (Photo: KOMO News)

ISSAQUAH, Wash. – On the shores of Lake Sammamish not even the return of a smoky haze or an August drizzle could take away from the vibrancy of what brought this crowd together to raise money and awareness for early detection of breast cancer.

"To build a community, you need a reason to bring people together, and fun seems a good way to do that, " said Dan Van Dyck, executive director of Standup For The Cure. “We build a community around support and compassion."

Standup for the Cure is a national fundraiser that uses paddleboards as a way to broach the difficult subject of breast cancer, and raise money and awareness for early detection. A mobile mammogram machine was on site to give screenings.

Nearly every family in one way or another has been affected by the disease, and KOMO's family is no different.

"Our whole motto is have fun and save lives, and if we can do that, early detection is a big part of that, and that's why my wife is here paddle boarding today,” said KOMO sports director Mike Ferrari.

Ferrari helped bring the event to our area last year.

"For me, my KOMO family, and my real family have been integral in how I've been able to come this far,” said KOMO’s traffic anchor Paris Jackson.

Jackson is finishing her fight.

"Moving forward, what we can do here is to bring more awareness," Jackson said.

And KOMO Radio’s Carleen Johnson is at her first fundraiser since her diagnosis.

"It was a lot more emotional than I expected it to be,” Johnson said.

"I'm three years into it and seven surgeries and they still can't figure some things out with my body, she added. “And it's not easy, so for someone else not to have to go through that, that's what today is about.”

Beyond the fun, the day raised tens of thousands of dollars.

You can still donate at Standup for the Cure’s website.

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