Great Lakes waterman Joe Bidawid and co-founder of the Women’s Kiteboarding Association, Tonia Farman. Both have been personally affected by loved ones with Cancer and are spearheading two events this August to raise awareness and funds for this disease which affects over 1.3 million Americans each year (source: 2006 stats, American Cancer Society). In late August, Joe will attempt a world record across Lake Michigan on his stand up paddle board: a crossing from St. Joe, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois–a distance of 60-80 miles that he expects will take 18-24 continuous hours! August 25, the event site in Hood River, Oregon, will host the first ever Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Kite Derby where every competitor will walk away with something, including a 2008 Naish quiver for the most money raised and a 2008 Slingshot quiver for the longest distance kited. More businesses and manufacturers are donating daily to help the cause with some early 08 previews and demos happening at the Oregon event.