The people behind the cause inspire us....

The Cape Cod Bay Challenge is all about people. With the kids and their families at the core. More than anything else, we are striving to build community of people that care. Mike said it helping others we help ourselves.

“Both Mike & I have been touched by cancer in our families. I underwent proton beam treatment at Boston’s Mass General Hospital in 2004. During a waiting room conversation with a very brave 9‐year old boy (who obviously had much more to be scared of than I did), I made a vow never to feel sorry for myself again. Standup paddling has made my life close to normal again...and that young boy’s words helped me be stronger mentally. We feel lucky to have a beneficiary like Christopher’s Haven to help kids like that courageous 9‐year old.”

­Bob Babcock, founder of the CCBC

“Mass General Hospital is one of the few places in the world to have a proton beam accelerator for use in the treatment of tumors with highly targeted radiation. Kids from around the world come to MGH for treatment. One thing that doesn't get covered by insurance is the cost a family incurs for living expenses while their child is treated. A typical stay is 6‐8 weeks and Boston is an expensive city to get a hotel room in. The Haven is a short walk from MGH and allows up to 7 families at a time to stay in a comfortable, homelike atmosphere which can relieve some of the strain during a very difficult time. As their slogan says: “Christopher’s Haven is a home for kids when cancer hits home.”

­Mike Brown, founder of the CCBC

  • In 2008 8 paddlers participated raised $12,000 for the Ocean Conservancy. The celebration at the finish was a quick lunch and a boat ride home. Most of us fell asleep on the ride.
  • In 2009 23 paddlers raised $35,000 for Christopher's Haven. We had our 1st after party with Wachusett Brewing helping to lead the charge.. Music of the (someday to be famous) Nate Mott Band, and lots of swag and great gear from our sponsors.
  • In 2010 with the addition of the aforementioned volunteers we expanded to 4 events. With the help of those events and the 100+ paddlers that participated in them, the 43 paddlers of the CCBC raised $80,000 for Christopher's Haven.

A big part of what has made the CCBC successful is the folks that donate, that support our paddlers and that join us for the parties. From the small beginning our parties have grown to become major parts of the events. This year they promise to be all-time. For 2011 the family that is the Cape Cod Bay Challenge invites you to join us for some fun times for a great cause.

­Bob Babcock and Mike Brown, founders of the CCBC at last year's post-race party...and other cameos of our people at our events...