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 LIVESTRONG Day Event- Pick and Paddle

In partnership with Anderson University, LIVESTRONG will be conducting its inaugural Pick and Paddle day event on Saturday, October 2, 2011. The leisure paddle will begin at 10:30am and participants will be making five stops to collect a card at each. The participant with the best hand will win a kayak.  A silent auction will be held, including a variety of prizes donated from the community. Burger plate lunches will be made available by The Grill Man at Friends on the Cove, along with DJ music throughout the event. The event will be held off Lake Hartwell at "Friends on the Cove" (1500 Providence Church Road, Anderson, SC 29621). All of the proceeds from the event will go to the Anderson University Center for Cancer Research.

Livestrong Day is the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s one-day initiative to unite people affected by cancer by raising awareness of cancer issues in communities across the world. Cancer kills more people globally than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and was determined in 2010 to be the leading cause of death. This year's Livestrong Day will be one of over 1,000 local Livestrong Day events to be held across the world in an effort to drive social change and make cancer a global priority.

"It is always an honor to have the opportunities that volunteering with The Lance Armstrong Foundation offers me as a survivor of two different stage 4 cancers over a period of 13 years,” says Angie Suttles, Leader of Upstate SC for Livestrong. “I was 31 years old when I was diagnosed with the first cancer and 36 when diagnosed with the second. Leading the local Livestrong grassroots' group is how I fight back and show my support to fellow cancer survivors in the community.” 

‘Upstate SC for Livestrong’ unites the local cancer community just as its mother foundation, The Lance Armstrong Foundation, unites the cancer community globally. We advocate together on a national level as we call on our legislators to make cancer a national priority and end needless death and suffering from the disease that 28 million people are fighting today.

Livestrong Day 2011 will create a global day of action in the cancer fight one person, one act and one location at a time. Oct. 2, 2011, the anniversary of Lance Armstrong’s cancer diagnosis, represents a day of challenge and hope.

Mayor Terence Roberts and Governor Nikki Haley will again this year declare Oct. 2, 2011 as Livestrong Day with written proclamations.

The addition of the LIVESTRONG Pick and Paddle gives particpants another opportunity to support those who have been affected by cancer as well local scientists and researchers in their efforts to find new treatments for cancer. Organizers hope to raise awareness about the many forms of cancer and to educate the general public on how to take the preventative steps toward fighting the onset of cancer. Proceeds from the LIVESTRONG Pick and Paddle will support the Anderson University Center for Cancer Research, which trains undergraduate students in conducting studies and experiments related to cancer research. These students will one day become physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician’s assistants, and nurses, etc. It is crucial that they be exposed to cancer research in order to gain a shared passion for a cure.

Registration is $30 for a single kayak/canoe, which includes an event tee, or $55 for a double kayak/canoe, which includes and event tee for both paddlers. Register at or or mail your name along with check to PO Box 3868, Anderson, SC 29622 c/o Angie Suttles or email If you are interested in volunteering, contact Jordan Niemeyer at


Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 21) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of 68 “Up and Coming” schools to watch in America,” by U. S. News & World Report. It is the #1 “Up and Coming” school in The South according to that publication.  Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.



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