Saint Petersburg, Florida -- If you enjoy getting in the water, then you'll love this. One of the fastest growing sports in the country will "Paddle Against Cancer" on May 25at The Club at Treasure Island.

"We started it three years ago to benefit Moffitt Cancer Center," said nonprofit founder 52-year-old Gene Evans.

Gene Evans started the "Paddle Against Cancer" event to promote the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. Last year's event raised $21,000 and this year he's expecting an even bigger turnout.

"It's a great way for us for give back. We do a 3- and 7-mile paddle around Treasure Island; we come back and have a pool party, with bands, silent auction items and some drawings."

Gene isn't only the founder of this event, but he's a cancer survivor himself. He says if it wasn't for Moffitt, he wouldn't be here today.

"I would probably be dead, they saved my life," says Gene.

He was diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer on May 6,2009, and after a two-year battle he is now cancer free.

"I had four surgeries and a couple of series of radiation treatments. They patched me up and put me back together and this is my way of giving back to them and saying thanks," described Gene.

A health fanatic himself, he says it can happen to anyone and bringing awareness is what saves lives.

"You need to be prepared. You need to know what to look for, you need to listen to your body and you need to get to a great center that can give you care which is Moffitt."

For more information visit their Facebook page: www.facebook/Paddle-Against-Cancer.

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