Paddle2Live- It's Too Easy To Give Up

Thursday, September 23rd, at 4:30am, a 30 year old Newport Beach native, avid waterman and outdoor enthusiast, will begin a 150 mile solo water paddling mission. PADDLE2LIVE—150 Miles 4 Cancer is an epic 150-mile journey from Santa Barbara to Newport Beach by cancer survivor Jack Marshall Shimko. Shimko is currently recovering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the part of the human body’s immune system known as the lymphatic system. He was diagnosed with the disease just days after his 29th birthday. After months of chemotherapy and other treatments, he has successfully battled the cancer and is currently in remission. Shimko founded PADDLE2LIVE a non-profit cancer fundraiser, to raise money and awareness for advanced cancer research and treatment. “It’s great to be able to use my own survival to raise awareness and help fund the type of research that saved my life,” said Shimko. “In the end, though, PADDLE2LIVE isn’t about me. It’s about contributing to the fight against cancer and the search for a cure, and it’s about inspiring other young people to beat the disease and live their dreams.” To prepare for his inaugural “PADDLE2LIVE—150 Miles 4 Cancer” paddle, Shimko competed in the 2009 World Paddle Board Championship in San Francisco. Just 16 weeks into his nine-month chemotherapy treatment, he suffered from mild hypothermia and completed the race in last place. Pleased to have even finished, he headed back to his home in Southern California determined to mount an even more ambitious endurance challenge fundraiser event upon his full recovery. Shimko will attempt the feet, presented by the Quiksilver Foundation, in order to raise $500,000 for the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Foundation Center and LIVESTRONG.

PADDLE2LIVE kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. at Santa Barbara City harbor with a “paddle out” for all paddlers, surfers, survivors, supporters and others affected by cancer. A reception will follow at the Endless Summer Bar-Café. Ten days later, on Saturday, Oct. 2, friends, family and members of the paddling community are invited to join Shimko for the final 3.5-mile paddle through Newport Beach Bay. A celebration will follow at the Newport Beach Aquatic Center with a barbecue from Bear Flag Fish Co., live music, a silent auction, refreshments and much more.

To watch an inspiring video clip, learn more about Paddle2live, or follow Shimko’s journey, visit or donate online at

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