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Paddleboarders take to Lake Austin for fifth annual Tyler's Dam That Cancer

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paddlers from Tyler's dam that Cancer at Hula Hut PJ Thompson, Chelsea Johnson, Kathleen Hersey, Ricky Berens, Elizabeth Post and Ingrid Kantola
From left, PJ Thompson, Chelsea Johnson (The Flatwater Foundation director of development), Kathleen Hersey (two-time Olympic swimmer), Ricky Berens (two-time Olympic gold medalist), Elizabeth Post and Ingrid Kantola. 
 
Photo courtesy of The Flatwater Foundation
guests for Tyler's Dam that Cancer at Hula Hut including Trey Hardee
World champion decathlete and The Flatwater Foundation global ambassador Trey Hardee, second from right, with Tyler's Dam That Cancer attendees on the DTC River Boat. Photo courtesy of The Flatwater Foundation
group of paddleboarders on lake austin for tyler's dam that cancer
Dozens of paddleboarders took to Lake Austin to raise money for Tyler's Dam That Cancer fundraiser. Photo by Brooke Taffet
guests at hula hut party for Tyler's Dam that Cancer with baby
In total, more than $250,000 was raised for The Flatwater Foundation. Phil Davies, second from left, with son Luke.  Photo by Jennifer Davies
Big check presented at hula hut party for Tyler's Dam that Cancer
Cara Williams presents a check from Tyler's to the Flatwater Foundation Executive Director Mark Garza. Photo by Brooke Taffet
The Roosevelts playing at hula hut party for Tyler's Dam that Cancer
The Roosevelt's played at the Hula Hut after-party. Photo by Brooke Taffet
group of paddleboarders close together for Tyler's dam that cancer
Paddlers gather near the end of the journey on Lake Austin. Photo by Brooke Taffet
single paddleboarder on lake for Tyler's Dam That Cancer
Participants undertook a 21-mile course from Mansfield Dam to Tom Miller Dam. Photo by Brooke Taffet
paddleboarders on lake austin in front of hill
The paddleboarding excursion provided numerous vistas to enjoy along Lake Austin. Photo by Brooke Taffet
Red Bull DJ Kid Slyce tyler's dam that cancer
Red Bull DJ Kid Slyce also provided tunes at Hula Hut. Photo by Brooke Taffet
We paddle for Richard Garza tattoo at Tyler's Dam that Cancer after party
Paddlers wore "We Paddle for Richard Garza" temporary tattoos to honor Mark Garza's father, who was diagnosed with stage-4 prostate cancer and passed away in November. Photo courtesy of The Flatwater Foundation
paddlers from Tyler's dam that Cancer at Hula Hut PJ Thompson, Chelsea Johnson, Kathleen Hersey, Ricky Berens, Elizabeth Post and Ingrid Kantola
guests for Tyler's Dam that Cancer at Hula Hut including Trey Hardee
group of paddleboarders on lake austin for tyler's dam that cancer
guests at hula hut party for Tyler's Dam that Cancer with baby
Big check presented at hula hut party for Tyler's Dam that Cancer
The Roosevelts playing at hula hut party for Tyler's Dam that Cancer
group of paddleboarders close together for Tyler's dam that cancer
single paddleboarder on lake for Tyler's Dam That Cancer
paddleboarders on lake austin in front of hill
Red Bull DJ Kid Slyce tyler's dam that cancer
We paddle for Richard Garza tattoo at Tyler's Dam that Cancer after party

What: The Flatwater Foundation "Tyler's Dam That Cancer" fundraiser.

Where: Lake Austin and Hula Hut.

The lowdown: Stand-up paddleboarders took to the waters of Lake Austin on Monday, June 9 to paddle a 21-mile marathon between Mansfield Dam and Tom Miller Dam. This is the fifth year of The Flatwater Foundation's premiere fundraising event. Tyler's Dam That Cancer was created by Mark Garza and Rob McKinnie to provide cancer patients and their families with access to mental health therapy and support.

Paddleboarding participants and guests partied the afternoon away at Hula Hut, enjoying live music from The Roosevelts and DJ Kid Slyce along with food and drinks. Tyler's of Austin gifted a check of $41,000, representing the company's ongoing support for The Flatwater Foundation's efforts. The fundraiser brought in more than $250,000 by the end of the day. 

Who: Mark Garza, Rob McKinnie, Chelsea Johnson, Kathleen Hersey, Ricky Berens, Trey Hardee, Clara Williams and Chris Chelios.

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