This year's Friendship Paddle will support a Santa Barbara man and his family in their fight against Pancreatic Cancer.
Ethan Stewart was diagnosed three years ago and the prognosis did not look good. But Ethan appeared to defy the odds. Recently, doctors discovered his cancer came back.
So Ethan, his wife Anna, their baby girl Sawyer, friends and even some people who don't know the Stewart family will paddle from the Gaviota Coast to Mira Mar Beach in Montecito to raise money for Ethan's treatments.
Most years, the Friendship Paddlers leave early in the morning from the Channel Islands and paddle to the mainland. But this year they had to change plans due to the weather.
Every year the group honors someone who has cancer and every year the number of supporters keeps getting bigger.
Ethan Stewart was born and raised on Cape Cod. He moved to Santa Barbara in 1998. He's the editor-at-large of the Independent and has won national and state awards for his environmental journalism and health writing. His work has appeared in Surfers Journal, National Geographic, Time Magazine and ESPN.
Supporters have raised more than $104,000 so far. The paddle will be held Saturday, September 24.
For more information or to support the Stewart family click on this link.