Mark Grinsel - The Friendship Paddle 2019

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The Friendship Paddle

The Friendship Paddle holds a special place in my heart.  This crew of complete strangers was a massive support to my family as my wife Michelle battled stage IV breast cancer.  Receiving such love and emotional and financial support from a group of people we didn't even know changed me forever.  It was unreal.  Unfortunately, Michelle is no longer on earth to pay that love and support forward.  However, I will continue to paddle every year in her honor in an attempt to allow another family in need to feel that same overwhelming wave of love.  This year, we paddle for Mike Kelley and his family.  I humbly ask for your financial support as we come together as a community to lift up Mike and his family.  Much love...  --> 

On September 15th over 150 paddlers will start at sunrise in Forney's Cove on Santa Cruz Island and paddle the Santa Barbara Channel and land on the beach in front of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club in support of Mike Kelley and his family.  

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Mission Statement

We organize open ocean paddle events to provide emotional and financial support to Santa Barbara County residents fighting life-threatening illnesses.The Friendship Paddle is 5013c non-profit and 100% of the donations will be going to the honoree.

The Howards $80.00
Alyssa Firmin $50.00
The Hall Family
The Grinsel family is always in our hearts. Go Mark!
The Raisher Family
In memory of the beautiful Michelle Grinsel who will always be loved by her friends and family.
Scott & Maureen
We love you guys !!
Sue & Chris Britton
Safe paddling to you happy to be able to contribute to such an amazing cause ❣️❣️
Dana $20.00
Asha and Clay
Wishing you glassy seas, strong arms, and dolphin guides!
Go Mark!! Forever One Way —>
Mark Grinsel $525.00
Schlimgen family
Thank you for paying the love forward!!! You continue to be an inspiration to our family. Paddle hard, brother!!
Tim and Ann Moe $100.00
Katie Frye
What a wonderful way to honor Michelle and raise love and funds for Mike! Will be praying for Mike and his family!
Greg Morrison
Here’s a little bit to help out Mark.
It's a special group, cause and event. Michelle's paddle was one of the most impactful experiences of my life. xo
Kathy Grinsel
So happy to help another family.
Jodi Clifford $25.00
Margaret and Jesse Mason $50.00
MikeSarahAndrewSammyMisty $50.00
The McBride Family $100.00
The Simpson's
Dear Mark, We are sending you and the girls lots and lots of love. Hope all is well. Prayers in memory of Michelle:) Heather & Morgan
Jamie and Molly Silverman

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