Attendees at the NSW Sarcoma Surf Tag Team Event at Cabarita Beach.
Attendees at the NSW Sarcoma Surf Tag Team Event at Cabarita Beach. Contributed

Taking to the surf to raise funds for sarcoma cancer

RIVAL boardriding clubs from the region joined forces earlier this month to battle sarcoma cancer.

The first Shop A Docket NSW Sarcoma Surf Tag Team event was held on July 5 and 6 and raised over $7000 for Hannah's Chance Foundation.

Events were held at Cabarita Surf Life Saving Club and Pacific Surf Life Saving Club at Palm Beach and boardriding clubs from Snapper, Duranbah, Kingscliff and Cabarita attended.

Byron Bay Boardriders also attended and won the NSW event, while Currumbin Alley Boardriders won the Queensland event.

"We had an awesome weekend and raised over $7000 for sarcoma and Hannah's Chance Foundation," director of the foundation Leigh Webb said.

"All teams were ready to go and the weather was perfect over the weekend.

"This event is in honour of those we have lost to sarcoma cancer and we do this by raising awareness and funds to help sufferers and find a cure."

Leigh Webb of Hannah's Chance Foundation and her sons Corey and Blake lost their husband/father to liposarcoma in November 2012 after

battling the disease for nearly 10 years.

Sarcoma is a type of cancer that predominantly affects young people between the ages 12 and 25.

There are various types of sarcomas, all of which are very aggressive and almost 50 per cent of sufferers do not survive.

The Hannah's Chance Foundation was the dream of two young sarcoma sufferers, Hannah Ciobo, daughter of Tracey Wickham and Rob Ciobo, and Tom O'Driscoll, who wanted to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for their rare disease.

For more information visit the foundations website at www.hannahschancefoundation.org.au


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