Stand Up For CHEO (SUFC) is a non-profit, community oriented Stand Up Paddle event that benefits the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Our title sponsor is Trailhead Paddle Shack in Ottawa Canada. Now celebrating our 7th year, our mission statement has always been twofold:
Spend the day, meet fellow paddlers, promote fitness, have fun and support CHEO!
A stand up paddleboard (SUP) is essentially a large surfboard designed for riding in a standing position with the assistance of a paddle. In addition to using it like a surfboard, an SUP can be used in just about any environment there is water. From the quiet waters of a lake to the fast flowing waters of a river to riding waves in the ocean, SUP is now the fastest growing paddle sport in the world. This versatile sport is fun and provides an awesome core workout. Come check out the buzz while supporting a good cause!
Stand Up for CHEO (SUFC) founders Mathew Hinther and Duncan Keith have both benefitted from the services of CHEO. Matt grew up with severe asthma and allergies and spent most of his youth in CHEO’s care. Duncan’s son Dylan also suffers from life threatening allergies and asthma. Together these two fathers decided they wanted to give something back to the hospital that has given them and their community so much.
In 2010, SUFC began as Matt Hinther, Duncan Keith and a few friends looking for a new challenge. As avid board sport enthusiasts they decided to paddle from Westport ON to downtown Ottawa ON on their stand up paddle boards. This trip took three days and covered a 150km. While training for their paddle they were amazed at the amount of attention they attracted. This was the catalyst that turned their personal adventure into a fundraiser for CHEO and SUFC quickly became a reality.
The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario is a health care centre dedicated to providing comprehensive care to children and young people in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Founded in 1974, CHEO offers a range of medical services for patients from birth through 18 years of age. The sole purpose of the CHEO Foundation is to raise funds to help support the work of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Donations help the hospital provide a wide variety of pediatric programs, research, state-of the art equipment, medical and nursing education, and assistance for families in crisis. CHECK OUT THE SUP ART COURTESY OF SOME OF THE KIDS AT CHEO!!
Over the years SUFC has often chosen a unique area of study at CHEO in which to dedicate their donations while using this opportunity to raise awareness about a particular issue. For 2016 SUFC has chosen to donate all proceeds towards the subject of concussion recovery research for children. Founder Duncan Keith has personal experience on this subject as his son Dylan suffered several concussions as a young adult, the final one causing Dylan to miss a large portion of his final semester in grade 9. Despite having suffered concussions himself, Duncan became increasingly aware of the challenges faced in caring for a child with a concussion and how complex and misunderstood this subject matter can be.
Today concussions are a common health problem. It is estimated that between 2003 and 2013 pediatric concussion visits in Ontario quadrupled to over 35,000 visits in 2013. Current guidelines prescribe mental and physical rest until symptom free, followed by a gradual re-introduction of daily activities, however recent research suggests that the denial of daily activities can also have negative effects leading to deconditoning and depression.
Dr Roger Zemek, MD, FRCPC of CHEO is currently leading a clinical trial to determine whether the introduction non-contact aerobic activity as part of the concussion recovery protocol will help decrease the frequency, intensity and duration of persistent post-concussive symptoms (PCS). If Dr Zemek is correct in his assumption the results could represent a paradigm shift in concussion management, change clinical practice guidelines, and have a significant impact on the well-being of millions of children and families worldwide. Please help support SUFC and Dr Roger Zemek as we attempt to make 2016 our best year ever!
For those that are interested, Dylan Keith is in good health again after a lengthy recovery from his concussion. Dylan is now at Carleton University doing well in his studies, he is also a regular paddler at SUFC.
Although SUFC is dedicated to the serious business of raising funds for a great cause we are also about bringing the SUP community, young and old, experienced and inexperienced together for a fun day on the water. Throughout the day our sponsors, product reps and SUP-community members will be set up and offering board demos, product info and free giveaways. Stop by, sign up and step on a board. We guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself.