Written by Staff Reports Thursday, May 22, 2014 06:00 am
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ATLANTIC CITY – Two locally renowned water sports enthusiasts are training to repeat or reverse their first- and second-place finishes from last year’s 22.5-mile standup paddleboard race around Absecon Island. The seventh annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle for a Cause will be held Saturday, June 14 in Atlantic City.
Sean Duffey, 31, of Ventnor is head coach for Atlantic City High School girls crew, a member of the Margate City Beach Patrol and founder of his own standup paddleboard competition, Freezin’ for a Reason.
Sven Peltonen, 37, of Brigantine is an Atlantic City firefighter, a member of the Brigantine City Beach Patrol and a national standup paddleboard competitor. They finished second and first place, respectively, in last year’s paddle and both are training in preparation of the event.
It will be the fourth Paddle for a Cause for Peltonen and the sixth for Duffey, who is a member of the foundation’s board of trustees. Both racers said the overall mission of the foundation and the sheer toughness of the course drives them to compete and raise funds and awareness for the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation, which promotes cancer awareness and assists people who are battling cancer both emotionally and financially.
To date the foundation has donated more than $450,000 to individuals and organizations including the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer Fund, Shore Medical Center Cancer Center, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Jersey Cape Regional Cancer Center and AtlantiCare Cancer Center.
The foundation was created in 2001 when Dean Randazzo, a professional surfer from Atlantic City, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Randazzo continues to surf competitively, representing the Garden State all over the world.