Nothing quite beats the feeling of plunging your head under cool ocean waves, breathing in the salinity and feeling a part of the big, blue marble that we call earth.
It all began in 2014 when tragic news was revealed to co-founder Jenna-Lea Clark just seven weeks after the birth of her first daughter, Summer; a diagnosis of cervical adenocarcinoma, an aggressive form of cervical cancer. She was told of the strong likelihood that she would not be able to have any more children.
What followed were three years of medical care and multiple surgeries including a modern trachelectomy procedure. With the support from her family, community and the team at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Jenna-Lea now lives a wonderful, cancer-free life with Summer, Arron and her miracle child, a little boy named Vander who was conceived after her life-saving treatment.
The Clarks and friend of the family Mike Durante took this transformative experience and decided to give back to the force of good that gave them so much. Being raised near the water and knowing firsthand the positive and restorative impact the ocean and connection to nature can have, not only in the darkest of times but in day to day life; our founders aim to encourage people to get into the water and experience their own transformation whilst also raising funds for others faced with a cancer diagnosis. That’s all it takes, catch a wave every day during the month of February, feel fitter and healthier all the while raising money for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.
100% of the money raised by participants is aimed at funding the very best cancer research, clinical trials, treatment and care for our patients and their families.