Independent Event Sweetwater Paddle for the Cure
Updated: May, 2012
Dr. Arnie Goodman is a multiple myeloma patient who is living with relapsed/refractory disease. He was diagnosed in 2006, has had two stem cell transplants and been on multiple drug regimens. As a former Ear, Nose and Throat physician, making decisions as a patient about his own course of treatment across the many puzzles of multiple myeloma has put his medical training to the test in an entirely different capacity. Arnie and his wife Merle live in Tampa, Florida and have a son in college and a daughter in high school.
The Goodman family founded Beat Cancer with a Paddle in 2009 with the goal of having fun and raising money and awareness for multiple myeloma research. More than 200 people attend their annual fundraiser, Sweetwater Paddle for the Cure, with all proceeds benefitting the MMRF. Set against the skyline of beautiful downtown Tampa at Riverfront Park on the Hillsbough River, the event features a 5 mile race with electronic timing followed by a 2 mile family fun paddle for kayaks and standup paddleboards. This year Dave Andreychuk, of professional hockey team Tampa Bay Lightening fame, served as Master of Ceremonies.
The Beat Cancer with a Paddle team has actively lined up a long list of local sponsors to enhance the success of the event. A benefit concert with a band was held the night before to increase the event’s impact and fundraising potential. Also new this year was a creative community paddle painting project. Dozens of unique hand painted paddles contributed by local art class students were on display for the community at Tampa’s West Shore Mall, and were available for auction at a wine and chocolate reception before the event.
This year’s event will be held on May 5, 2013 in Tampa.