WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Staying afloat for 24 hours is the goal of paddlers Saturday, all to raise money for families affected by cancer.
They started their 24-hour paddle around parts of Wrightsville Beach at eight a.m. Saturday. The group of 11 are part of 40 teams nationwide participating in the event Saturday into Sunday part of the nonprofit Monster and Sea. They paddle in pairs for two hours at a time. The event is called 24/Go Because You Can.
Each group finds a family in their community who is struggling with cancer. The Wrightsville Beach group is helping 7 families that have been affected by cancer.
One family that was helped in recent years was the Lee family. The wife and mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2016. They said it’s their time to give back.
“We know first-hand what it means to benefit from this organization so it is important for us to be able to give back, so that’s exactly what we’re doing, said Brian Lee.
As of 5 p.m. Saturday evening, the Wrightsville Beach group had raised over $8,000.