It's a powerhouse event that has been going strong for 5 years and 2019 marks a new location for Stand Up for the Cure in Muskegon as the organizers shift away from Harbortowne Beach and head to Norton Shores BEAUTIFUL Ross park for a day of fun, awareness and some fund raising to help those afflicted by breast cancer. Not that Harbortowne wasn't a picture perfect type location or anything, but between the growth of the event as well as the well above average water levels, the shift to Ross Park offers a little more breathing room, maybe a few more shady spots and as Stand Up continues it's mission....room to grow even more in the coming years.
Stand Up for the Cure events happen all over the country and Muskegon with it's rich supply of magnificent water, well, it's a perfect fit for this kind of event. Yes, there will be those who are really good at stand up paddle boards...but, don't let that get in the way if you've never been on one. Come give one a try! If water isn't your thing, stroll the event and learn about some of the great other aspects of health and wellness offered. You could learn a little from Mercy Health....maybe find out if yoga is right for you....try your hand at it, you have nothing to lose. If nothing else, enjoy the music, the beverages, the fellowship and above all, see the collective strength of the survivors! Yes! Those who have survived a go around with cancer and have taken what was once considered an end, and turned it into a powerful and I mean POWERFUL message to others on surviving.
One of those survivors, is Shawn Stephenson. Shawn began her "journey" with cancer a while ago. She's clicked off 9 years now as a survivor and invited me out to her office at Hemisphere Design Works, one of Stand Up for the Cure's Gold Sponsors, to talk about her journey as well as what to expect from the new home at Ross Park and maybe even hint around a little at some of the surprises that will come during this years event. Take a listen.
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It takes a lot to tell the story of Shawn's. It's a life changing moment to go through to face something as frightening as cancer, but as we talked in the video...what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Facing the hard reality of what could be when it comes to an illness like that is never going to be easy...but...with an organization like Stand Up for the Cure working so hard to not only raise a few bucks, but more importantly, connect those who have....or are....or who know someone who has had to deal with this awful disease, it brings hope, it brings healing and it brings courage...that courage Shawn spoke of. We hope to see you Saturday at Ross Park for Stand up for the Cure! You can visit the event website , all the registration information is right there!