Kiteboarder Amy Strzalko did far better than expected in an event in the U.S. last week, finishing fifth woman in a very tough field and raising almost $4,000 for the Kiteboarding for Cancer charity.
When Strzalko was preparing for the 100-mile race in Hood River, Oregon, last week, she decided to raise funds for Kiteboarding for Cancer only a few days before with a modest target of $500. The annual event raises thousands for the charity Athletes for Cancer.
To her surprise and absolute delight, the money poured in and donations totaling $3,125 were pledged, and the kiteboard she painted and then auctioned off raised another $800.
“I was so proud with what I achieved,” Strzalko said.
She added that since the last article in the Cayman Compass, Consolidated Water has “very generously been in touch and offered a $500 donation to put towards my Kiting for Cancer event in December, which is amazing.”
Strzalko used the tough Hood River event to prepare her for December’s even harder 100-mile cancer race from Litte Cayman to Grand Cayman with 11 other kiters.
Although conditions were breezy and never easy in the six-hour slog in Oregon, competing with 100 other kiters, the event in Cayman will last at least eight hours because the choppy seas, fierce winds and strong currents will make it far harder.
“The key is to get my endurance levels up, get stronger and fitter so my body can handle what it has coming to it,” said the Slingshot international team kiter. “I am so stoked to have come in the top four individual fundraisers of Kiteboarding for Cancer.”
Kiteboarding for Cancer was created when other kiter friends decided to do something for a worthwhile cause. They expect to collectively raise many thousands for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
Strzalko has lost a few close people to cancer recently and also knows some people battling the disease.
To contact Amy Strzalko, email: [email protected]