Vernon Paralympian Josh Dueck gets ready to compete in the seventh annual Kayak For A Cure fundraiser in Vancouver.

Vernon Paralympian Josh Dueck gets ready to compete in the seventh annual Kayak For A Cure fundraiser in Vancouver.

Paralympian Josh Dueck paddles for cause

In his own words, Josh Dueck has seen a few very close friends leave this earth far too early, taken by cancer.

In his own words, Josh Dueck has seen a few very close friends leave this earth far too early, taken by cancer.

So the Vernon Paralympian decided to join a cause to remember those that have passed away, and those still battling the disease.

Dueck took his surfboard to Vancouver and took part in the seventh annual Kayak For A Cure, an event held in support of InspireHealth and British Columbians living with cancer.

“It causes such great pain and sadness to see them suffer, and then the void that is when they pass is immeasurable,” said Dueck. “I dedicated this paddle to those still fighting hard, and for those whom have fallen.”

Dueck himself raised more than $1,000 for the event that saw 30 participants paddle from Jericho Beach to Stanley Park and back.

“I’m just getting into surfing and thought it would be good practice to paddle my board and have that extra time on the water,” said Dueck. “The event itself was amazing. From our vantage point on the water we enjoyed a spectacular view of Vancouver to the west and gazed into the ocean’s infinite majesty to the east.”

Together, all the participants raised more than $32,000 that will go directly towards integrative cancer care in B.C.

For those interested, it’s not too late to donate.  Donations will be accepted until the end of September. You can donate online at http://kayakforacure2012.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp.