Surfathon to benefit Make-A-Wish

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THE FORKS – Many of Maine’s whitewater paddlers will gather at the Forks on Saturday, July 28, for the fifth annual Taylor Pelotte Surfathon in memory of one of its youngest paddlers. The fundraiser will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine, which grants the wishes of children afflicted with life-threatening medical conditions.

The surfathon is sponsored by the Penobscot Paddle and Chowder Society and the American Canoe Association New England.

It was named for the daughter of society members Greg and Sharon Pelotte of Winslow. Taylor lost her fight with cancer at age 9 in 2003, which was the first year of the surfathon. In four years, it has raised nearly $70,000 for charities that help children with life-threatening diseases. Paddlers solicit pledges for navigating the 16 miles of continuous rapids on the Dead River.

Paddlers will meet at the Riverdrivers Whitewater Rafting base camp at the Forks. There will be a paddle on the Dead River, a boating gear yard sale, chicken barbecue dinner and a surfathon ceremony.

Everyone is welcome to participate. Those not interested in whitewater can paddle any body of water in a canoe, kayak or sea kayak at any location. Pledge forms and instructions can be downloaded from www.paddleandchowder.org. For more information, contact Kathy Cornwall at Nyarmouth4@aol.com or call 829-9237.

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