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24 Hour 'Rowathon' for Vallarta Children with Cancer

July 14, 2017

CANICA (Centro de Apoyo de Niņos con Cancer) supports about 30 local families by assisting with the costs of transportation between Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, the location of their cancer treatment center.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - On Friday, July 28, 2017, Greg and Hillary Kennon of the Kinetic Kennons, along with the members of Crossfit Zapata, will 'Row to Guadalajara.' They will row (on a rowing machine) for 24 hours straight to raise money for CANICA, a center in Puerto Vallarta that helps children with cancer.


CANICA supports about 30 local families in assisting with the transportation costs to and from Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, the location of their cancer treatment center. These families typically take a bus from PV to Guadalajara for the treatments. The round trip fare for one mother and child is around 1,520 pesos, or $86 USD.

The rowers' goal is to raise enough money to help each family make at least one trip to their treatment. With that goal, they need your help!

Starting at 6:00 pm, Crossfit Zapata will hold a FREE community fiesta that will include food, massages, entertainment, and more (donations accepted). The goal of this event is to row 330 kilometers (the distance from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara), to raise money for and promote awareness of CANICA and the families they support. They hope to help alleviate the financial burdens that come with traveling to and from cancer treatments.

Athletes and community members will be rowing for 24 hours straight and all members of our great city are invited to come party, eat, and participate in this one-of-a-kind charity event that's set to be held from Friday, July 28th at 6:00 pm until Saturday the 29th at 6:00 pm at Crossfit Zapata, located at Naranjo #330 in Colonia Emiliano Zapata. More information about the event can be found on the Kinetic Kennons Facebook page.

As an integral part of the Puerto Vallarta community, Crossfit Zapata is striving to use their fitness skills and abilities to raise awareness and funds for local charities. Your support in this endeavor will help these children to get the treatments they need and together, we can help lighten the financial burden on these families in our community.

If you cannot attend the free community fiesta on July 28th, you can make a donation online at YouCaring.com.

About CANICA:


CANICA is a non-profit founded in 2003 in Guadalajara, Jalisco to provide comprehensive support to children and young people with cancer who are currently cared for in public hospitals, respecting their natural dignity as a person. CANICA is part of the "International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parent Organizations" and has helped countless families through programs that give them the tools to improve their quality of life, and to have the knowledge and abilities to make the best decisions in the treatment of their children.