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Winter Training Weekend with Hope Floats NC!

:: 03 December 2012 ::

It's official: Castaways Against Cancer are teaming up with nearly a dozen members of our sister team in the Northern Territories, Hope Floats NC, for a training/adventure in the Florida Keys on Martin Luther King Jr weekend.

In August, Chris toyed with the idea of traveling to South Florida for a winter training event before the Second Annual HFNC Adventure (launching April 20th, 2013) and received plenty of interest. After some checks on the calendar and a few emails, Team Captains Patrick (CAC) and Chris (HFNC) chose the long MLK weekend, January 19th - 21st to join up for an exciting excursion at various locations in our own backyard. Chris confessed that none of his team have ever paddled in the Keys before and are excited to have a "full Castaway experience". Nothing is official yet, but the current itinerary may take them to a CAC favorite overnight spot, Nest Key, and a visit to a beloved break spot during the CAC trip, Molasses Key. After spending a couple days with the Castaways, the 'Floaters' will stay the following week to explore the Conch Republic on their own.

This will not be the first CAC/HFNC meet-up. Earlier this year, Castaway Craig Engler paddled with Chris & Kim Tart and others with the Hope Floats Crew on Lake Drummond, located at the center of the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia. Craig reported having an excellent time and remarked, "What an awesome group of people." Craig hopes to paddle with the Hope Floats Crew during their 2013 Tour down the Neuse River.

Gumbopalooza!

:: 10 November 2012 ::

On Saturday, November 10th, the good folks at Fishing Florida Radio and Fish On Fire Orlando organized the Second Annual Central Florida Gumbo Cookoff "Gumbopalooza" where 25 teams competed against each other with their own Gumbo recipe. Attendees were invited to join the tasting from all the teams and vote for their favorite. Proceeds from the event were to benefit Give the Kids the World Village, Anglers For Conservation, and Castaways Against Cancer.

Among the entertainment at the event was country singer Wade Williams, and the Castaways' own dynamic duo, Robbie and Stephen Keszey - Discovery Channel's Swamp Brothers! Over a dozen sponsors contributed to the silent auction as well as a live auction for exciting prizes, including Tito's Handmade Vodka, Costa sunglasses, and Guy Harvey prints and autographs.

The Castaways wish to thank all that made this possible, including our friends at FFR: BooDreaux, Captain Mike Ortego and Steve Chapman. Our 2013 fundraising season has begun with a bang!

Baby Announcement!

:: 6 November 2012 ::

Special News from Castaway Craig Engler and his wife:

"Victoria Rose Engler, 8 lbs. 1 ounce, 21-1/2" inches, joined us this morning at 5:32 AM. Victoria and Mother are doing well.. Dad is going to try and get some sleep."

Congratulations, Craig and Carolyn!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

:: 1 October 2012 ::

If you didn't already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All over the USA things are turning Pink! To show our support, the CAC website is also going Pink.

If you're interested in supporting the cause, please go to the ACS's website: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and get involved!!

Relay for Life Summit 2012

:: 10 September 2012 ::

The American Cancer Society hosted its annual Relay for Life Summit at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando on September 8th and 9th. More than 800-volunteers from across the state of Florida attended. They included those top volunteers responsible for putting on the hundreds of Relay events across the state, as well as, representatives from the Teams of Excellence, which are teams that raise more than $15,000. They got to enjoy a weekend of fellowship, training and inspiration for 2013. The theme of the summit was "Dream Big. Hope Big. Relay Big."

The Castaways Against Cancer were lucky enough to have two representatives at the Summit. Patrick served as emcee for the second year in a row and OB represented the Castaways, attending the event for the first time. The Castaways were recognized as being the #4 team in the state and the Relay of Life for the Lower Keys was recognized as #8 in state.

OB was truly honored and inspired. "It's great to see what the money we've raised is doing, but I know we need to do more. Cancer affects too many people and causes too much pain. The Castaways must do more in 2013!"

The eye-opening Summit taught OB and Patrick that the ACS does more than fight for a cure through research. The ACS also serves cancer patients in many ways, and not just through its extensive website and 800-number. For example, "Road to Recovery" is a program that provides drivers to cancer patients who need help driving to and from treatments. Another example is "Hope Lodges." There are 31-"Hope Lodges" across the country, two in Florida, where families of cancer patients who need to travel for treatment can stay for free.

OB was so moved, he has volunteered to become a driver for the "Road to Recovery" program. He, Patrick and the rest of the Castaways are committed to making 2013 their biggest year yet!

Baby Announcement!

:: 29 August 2012 ::

Sally and Stephen are proud to announce the birth of their son!

Sandor Elias Keszey (pronounced 'Shandor')

Born today at 7:21pm - 8lb 2oz and healthy

Sally reports: "We thank God for His blessings."

Remembering Andrew, 20 Years Later

:: 24 August 2012 ::

The team would like to recognize that August 24th, 2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew. Nearly every member of our team was in the line of fire that day and have been forever changed by the aftermath of the devistation to South Florida.

"Reflecting on 20-years since Andrew, here's what I know: the brotherhood of survival is a strong one. A neighborhood can be a family. Americans can rebuild from anything. Hurricane warnings should be heeded. Perrine pride is still strong. Generosity and love are contagious." - Team Captain, Patrick.


Where were you?

The 2012 Trip Pictures - Online!

:: 24 August 2012 ::

For those of you used to waiting until the Fall (or Winter) for our Trip Pictures, you're in for a treat! As our Team Webmaster, Jeff, has had more spare time on his hands and we are able to present the 2012 Trip Pictures today.

The 2012 Pictures

The Come Hell or High Water Tour

Biloxi Yacht Club - Pink Paddle 2012

:: 18 August 2012 ::

On Saturday, August 18th, Mississippi Castaway, Jeff Croucher, took part in the First Annual Pink Paddle - Race for the Cure. The Pink Paddle was a kayak race for Making Strides for Breast Cancer, held by the Biloxi Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary.

Out of 44 participants in a race made up of kayaks, canoes, outriggers, and SUP, Jeff placed 7th, completing the four mile course from Ocean Springs to Biloxi in only 40 minutes. "It's a lot easier to paddle without 60 pounds of gear in the boat!"


Click the pic for more images.

Castaways Rank Number 4 in All of Florida!

:: 13 August 2012 ::

American Cancer Society is out with new statistics for 2012: at over $56,000, the Castaways Against Cancer are #4 on the list of top fundraising teams for Relay for Life in the state of Florida. Top-5, whole state? Thanks for helping us fight to find a cure!

The 2012 Trip Report - Online!

:: 17 July 2012 ::

You are cordially invited to read the 2012 Trip Report!

2012 Mission Accomplished

:: 16 June 2012 ::

On Friday, June 15th, 2:15pm, the Castaways Against Cancer arrived on the shores of Key West after 160 miles and seven days of paddling. After a successful fundraising year in 2011, the team decided to raise the bar even further with a goal of $50,000. Just weeks before the 2012 trip began, our goal seemed difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. However, a first in Castaway history, the team surpassed that goal before we had even launched from Virginia Key! Each day we saw the generosity of others increase our total to over $55,000. Words cannot express our gratitude.

Another Castaways adventure has come to a close. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank each of you who supported our team to a record fundraising year. We absolutely cannot do this without you.

Thank you!

Castaways Mississippi Benefit 2012

:: 06 May 2012 ::

The Castaways are excited to announce another benefit for the 2012 trip, this time - in Mississippi! MS Gulf Coast residents, Jeff and Heath have teamed up with a popular local night spot, a few restaurants, a band, AND a local brewery to celebrate the mission of the Castaways and support the American Cancer Society!

The event will take place on Sunday, May 27th, at The Quarter Bar in Downtown Gulfport. Starting at 5:00pm, you have the choice to donate $5 upon entry where you will receive a wristband granting you free access to appetizers provided by Half Shell Oyster House, and the first 100 guests that donate will receive a special Lazy Magnolia beer glass - with Lazy Mag beer inside it, of course. After the glasses are gone, free samples of Lazy Mag products will be given while supplies last.

We are also proud to announce that a local Classic Rock favorite, 3 Sigma will perform during the event. Feel free to stick around after the event for The Quarter's Sunday Night Karaoke at 9pm!

Stop by our Event Page on Facebook for more details and information.

The Dirty Dozen Tour Tripumentary

:: 25 April 2012 ::

At long last... the 2011 Castaways video for The Dirty Dozen Tour is complete!

All are invited to stop by our Video page and enjoy if you have about 15 minutes to kill. Just a little inspiration before we set out on our 13th Annual trip!

The trip is fun, but incredibly difficult. And our team will continue to fight each year. "If you canít run, you walk. If you canít walk, you crawl. If you canít crawl, you find someone to carry you." - Firefly

Hope Floats - North Carolina

:: 07 April 2012 ::

North Carolina couple Chris and Kim Tart are no strangers to cancer. In 2008, Kim was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and after a tough battle she beat the disease in 2009. Today she is three years cancer free and one of the millions of Americans dedicated to the fight against cancer. On April 7th, they're taking that fight to the water. For nine days and 225 miles... the Tart's and 12 others will show us all that Hope Floats.

Much like Castaways founder, Steve O'Brien - our beloved Viceroy, they knew that the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life was great outlet to focus their effort to fight cancer, and they wanted to do more. Also avid kayakers, Kim and Chris thought a long river trip from "source to sea" would be a great way to raise money. During their search to try and figure out how to organize such a difficult trip, they came across the Castaways website and loved what we were doing. Over the course of a couple months and a number of emails with plenty of questions, we helped guide them with our general model for how we do things each year.

The team launches today, April 7th, and their nine day trip down the Neuse River will take them from Raleigh, North Carolina, to the coastal town of Beauford, NC. Chris has been giving the Castaways tons of credit to everyone who talks to them about their trip. He has been really grateful and has praised our team for our help. The inspiration and goal of Hope Floats are the same as Castaways Against Cancer. The dream is strong and what we do truly inspires and helps others in this fight.

The Castaways ask you to keep the brave members of Hope Floats in your prayers this weekend and coming week as we have a good idea what they are about to go through. Stop by their website if you'd like: www.hopefloatsnc.com You might see some similarities which they had full permission to use. We are very humbled and honored to see others take what we are doing and want to do the same.

To our new friends at Hope Floats: Fair Winds and Following Seas!

UPDATE!

We're proud to say that Castaway Craig Engler joined the Tart's and the Hope Floats team in Raleigh for their launch! Very cool.

UPDATE 4/19

The Hope Floats crew has survived their first ever kayaking adventure! Chris reports that all of the team are well despite a minor speed bump in the last few miles of the trip when weather shut them down falling a mere handful of miles short of the final goal. Chris says, "We were kind of bummed until one of the survivors with us reminded us that it was just like going through cancer, not everyone had the outcome that they wanted and not everyone makes it." After 220 miles and nearly $12,000 raised for the ACS, they should be incredibly proud of what they accomplished. Look out for next year!

Castaways Keys Benefit 2012

:: 23 February 2012 ::

Our friends at the Gulf View Waterfront Resort - our Night 4 stop on Grassy Key - are taking their support of the Castaways to a new level. One of the owners, Mike Horvat, is also the bass player in a local Keys band called the Stone Crabs. On Saturday, April 21, 2012, the band will be playing at a bar called Salty's Waterfront Grill next to the 7-Mile Bridge. On that day, all afternoon to late evening, customers can donate $5 at the door to the Castaways Against Cancer. It's a real deal kickoff party and fundraiser!


The Stone Crabs

Marathon, FL
Mile Marker 47.5 - Bayside
www.7milemarina.net

All are welcome to attend! Dontations will be accepted from 1pm to close, and the Stone Crabs will play from 7-10pm.

Our deepest thanks to Mike and the Crabs, and to Salty's Waterfront Grill! And of course, if you do, please drink responsibly!

Folding@home - Milestone for Team Castaways

:: 02 February 2012 ::

In 2008, the Castaways became part of a global initiative called Folding@home to help researchers at Standford University crunch computer data so they could learn more about diseases like Alzheimer's, Mad Cow, Huntington's, Parkinson's, and many cancers and cancer-related syndromes. This is done with a processing method called 'distributed computing' where thousands of computers are given little bits of data to process, thus completing the data processing in a fraction of the time it would take a single powerful supercomputer.

On January 27th, Team Castaway broke the 1000 Work Unit milestone. A work unit is just one of the aforementioned little bits that was distributed to members of our team. A single work unit typically takes six hours to process, with larger units taking as much as 24 hours or more. This equates to the team's effort of over 6500 hours of data processing in the fight against all of these diseases.

If you have a personal computer (Windows or Mac) or a Sony Playstation 3 in your home, you too can help Team Castaway! It's easy to download the program, and get started folding. If you're really interested, but all this computer business seems like a bunch of hooey, please contact us!

To Learn More and Download Folding@home:

Folding@Home

*Special Note:

Once you download and kick off the program, under 'identity' join team CastawaysAgainstCancer by entering our team number into the field. We are Team#: 148630.

For those of you with a PS3, go to the Playstation Network and download "Life with Playstation". Don't forget to enter our team number to get credit!

On the Salty Water

:: 22 January 2011 ::

Dear friends and family, we're pleased to announce that our beloved Team Navigator, Bob Linfors, has released his memoir of the Castaways, "On the Salty Water", which is now available for download from Amazon. We are very proud of Bob and this endeavor. If you didn't already know, along with his career as an English teacher, he is also an excellent writer and successful playwright.

We invite you to pick up your own copy and support Bob:


On the Salty Water

Happy New Year! Enjoy Some Pictures!

:: 05 January 2012 ::

At long last, the pictures from the 2011 Dirty Dozen Tour are online!

The 2011 Pictures

The Dirty Dozen Tour

The Castaways hope you had a wonderful and safe holiday season.

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