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By Jesse Scardina
July 24. 2015 12:42PM
Paddle boarding for kids fighting cancer
KITTERY, Maine — At first, Donald McDowell picked up a paddle board because the ocean locally was too cold to surf in all day.
Now, more than six years into the growing hobby, the summertime Kittery Point resident has paddled hundreds of miles, and each summer he travels with several dozen other enthusiasts to Cape Cod for a 34-mile paddle board marathon through the Cape Cod Bay.
After completing the event as a personal challenge five years ago, McDowell has returned each year as the charity event has gained personal importance in his life.
“It’s so emotional when you finish, you’re so tired,” McDowell said. “But when it gets tough, I think about what these kids are dealing with, and I think ‘This is nothing. I can deal with this.’”
To find out more about the Christopher’s Haven organization, visit its website, http://christophershaven.org. You can also donate to McDowell’s First Giving fundraising page by going to his website, www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/donaldmcdowell/2015-cape-cod-bay-challenge.