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Paddling toward a cure

Kayaking event to benefit research for mesothelioma

Paddlers will take to the waters on Sept. 22, in support of Kayak 4 a Cure. Kayakers (single or tandem) can choose to launch from Schuylerville (at 8 a.m.)  or Stillwater (at noon) and paddle their way to the Mechanicville boat dock. Non-kayaking supporters can also meet up at the Mechanicville dock to wait for paddlers and take part in family-friendly activities from 1-4 p.m. Submitted photo.

Paddlers will take to the waters on Sept. 22, in support of Kayak 4 a Cure. Kayakers (single or tandem) can choose to launch from Schuylerville (at 8 a.m.) or Stillwater (at noon) and paddle their way to the Mechanicville boat dock. Non-kayaking supporters can also meet up at the Mechanicville dock to wait for paddlers and take part in family-friendly activities from 1-4 p.m. Submitted photo.

— “If you search the web for mesothelioma, you’re inundated with information. Some of its useful, most is not,” Belamaric said. “Patients and families need assurance and information like where to go for treatment.”

Curemeso.com cites four forms of the disease: pleural (lining of the lungs), peritoneal (abdominal lining), pericardial (lining of the heart) and testicular (testes) mesothelioma. Belamaric said the two most common are pleural and peritoneal.

“Though the average age of mesothelioma is reported to be 70, the face of mesothelioma is changing, with many young adults now being diagnosed,” she said. “It is a national tragedy, which becomes more horrific when one meets these young patients, often with young children, facing the diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma.”

Linda Wells was diagnosed at 16 with peritoneal mesothelioma. Since then, she’s undergone six surgeries.

Her father said she is doing pretty good at the moment.

Wells is asking participating survivors of the disease wear red T-shirts. Immediate family members of survivors will wear gray, and all other supporters will wear blue.

“It will tell people who is affected,” he said.

Wells’ event is one of about 50 slated to take place across the country in support of the foundation. Last year there were 30.

So far Wells has about 40 kayakers registered to take part in Kayaking 4 a Cure, with room for plenty more. Registration for the event is open through Aug. 31.

Upstate Kayak Rental is offering a special price for those who would like to rent a kayak for the event. They’ll even provide delivery and pick up of the kayaks. For more on rentals, call Upstate Kayak Rental at 209-1063.

For more information on the event, visit kayaking4acure.org.

For more on the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, visit curemeso.com.

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