The Capital Gazette published the following article on November 20, 2013.
Sharon Borland Fish For A Cure
Sharon Borland, 52, speaks at the Fish For A Cure after party at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront in November. Borland, a breast cancer survivor, and her team Club 411/Leave it to Weaver, won the Captain’s Challenge, raising $16,000 for cancer research.
It's not too late to climb aboard the competition.
To register a boat, for the party or as an angler, to donate to a registered boat or for more information about the event, visit the Fish For A Cure website at http://www.fishforacure.org.
Those interested in becoming a corporate sponsor can register at the above website or contact Jimmy Kantowski at 410-409-3257 for details.
The money is being raised by new boats — the snowball just keeps getting bigger! Visit Fish For A Cure to be part of this great cause!
Fish for A Cure was started in 2007 by a group of friends and business associates looking for an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, fulfill their passion for fishing and to have fun. After a successful first year, the wife of one of the main participants was struck with cancer. A rigorous treatment schedule and the demands of daily family life nearly saw the end of the tournament. However, a few of the group members took the reins and decided to turn it into a charitable event to raise money for the facility that was providing cancer treatments — Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
After two successful years of raising money for Sloan Kettering ($7,000 in 2008 and $26,000 in 2009) and a growing following, the group decided to make the tournament benefactor a local charity, Anne Arundel Medical Center's Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. The success of the first couple of years helped with the decision to "step it up a notch" and the group set a lofty goal of $50,000.
With the continued efforts of a growing board, a new Captain's Challenge event and the added support of AAMC, the tournament more than doubled the amount of funds it had raised in 2009, and surpassed the set goal by donating over $70,000 in 2010. In addition, the event continues to grow with an increasing number of captains, anglers, partiers and sponsors taking part in the tournament each year.
In 2011, it is the board's objective to continue to grow the tournament and raise as much money as possible to help find a Cure for Cancer. With the added help of people like yourself, we feel that our potential is unlimited. Our goal is to raise $140,000 in 2011 and continue to increase the number of participants while maintaining a fun atmosphere.
Join JSK Financial Services for the annual Fish 4 A Cure Kick-Off Event.
Time: Thursday Sept. 12, 2013 @ 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm
Where: AAMC Health Sciences Pavilion, 7th Floor
All are welcome but please RSVP by 9/5/13 at email@example.com
All proceeds go to support the Cancer Programs within the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Learn more about Fish 4 A Cure here: www.fishforacure.org
Attracting 44 boats, 160 anglers and 500 total participants, the 5th Annual Fish for a Cure Tournament proved to be the most successful event to date, raising $155,000 for the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) Foundation.
Held Nov. 3 at the Annapolis City Dock and Downtown Annapolis Marriott, the 2012 tournament brought the organization one step closer to its pledge of $1 million to the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute at the AAMC. In fact, many teams exceeded the goal of raising $3,000 per boat, including Sharon Boland’s Club 411/Leave it to Weaver, which raised more than $16,000 to win the tournament’s “Captain’s Challenge” fundraising competition.
Since its inception, the Fish for a Cure Tournament has continued to grow each and every year, encouraging the community to take a stand against cancer while enjoying a day on the Chesapeake Bay,” said Greg Lilly, chairman of Fish for a Cure’s board of directors. “This year, we exceeded our fundraising goal, thanks to our dedicated members, sponsors, volunteers and donors that make the event a success.
Fish for a Cure representatives presented AAMC’s president and CEO, Tori Bayless, with a Check for $155,000 on Feb. 6.
Bayless said, “The Fish for a Cure Tournament has been an outstanding advocate for AAMC and cancer research. We are thrilled to receive another generous contribution and are thankful for the organization’s ongoing support of our efforts to provide excellent care to the community.”
The funds raised in 2012 will directly benefit the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institutes’ Survivorship and Nutrition programs. The survivorship program provides clinical and support programs for patients following treatment.
“The Survivorship Program at AAMC coordinates the care of patients following their cancer treatment, providing a customized treatment summary and care plan delivered to patients and providers,” said Amy Vance, RN, BSN, OCN, survivorship coordinator. “The program focuses on managing symptoms with an emphasis on nutrition and wellness.”
For more information about the Cancer Institute’s Survivorship programs, visit http://www.aahs.org/cancer/survivorship.php.
The 2013 Fish for a Cure Tournament is set for Nov. 2.
Winners of the 2012 Fish for a Cure Tournament:
First: Captain Larry Haskins / “Tax Planning" – 15 lbs. (30’’)
Second: Captain Larry Haskins / "Tax Planning" – 14.75 lbs.
Third: Captain Steve Linhard / “Hot Tuna” – 14.5 lbs.
Fourth: Captain Larry Haskins / "Tax Planning" - 14.25 lbs.
First: Dr. Stanley Watkins / “Miss Cleo” – 3.6 lbs.
Winner: Captain Greg Lilly / “Blue Jay”
Winner: Captain Sharon Borland / “Club 411/Leave it to Weaver” - $16,000 raised.
On Wednesday February 6th, 2013 the board of directors from the AKI Foundation, Inc. (Fish For a Cure) along with captains, sponsors and friends presented a check to the Anne Arundel County Medical Center Cancer Foundation in the amount of $155,000. The tournament held on November 3, 2012 was again a great success. We had over 45 boats participate in the tournament and over 350 guests attend the part at the Marriott. 100% of the funds raised by the Captain’s Challenge were donated and will go a long way towards the support of the Survivorship Program at the Cancer Center.
We look forward to another great year in 2013 and will continue to push towards our goal to raise $1,000,000 for the Cancer Center.