Help Fight Childhood Cancer

NauticEd Launches Fight against Childhood Cancer

This past March, NauticEd lost one of our own. Alexandra was 13 years old when she was taken by childhood brain cancer. She was an avid sailor, an adventurer, loved the oceans, and all animals. Today is her 14th birthday.

Together, we can help to solve pediatric brain cancer. We are proud to launch today, a “help fight childhood cancer donation” option to our NauticEd course check-out cart. Now, when every sailor buys a NauticEd sailing course, they have the option to help solve this devastating disease.

And NauticEd is making a major contribution by donating 100% of the profits from our soon-to-be-launched NauticEd Youth program.

Every donation will go directly to the Arms Wide Open Children’s Cancer Fund. So far we have raised over $30,000 – our big audacious goal in the fight against childhood cancer is $1M.

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You can donate directly or add a donation with a NauticEd course purchase. Donations will be accepted through the well-known Arms Wide Open Kids Cancer Foundation (non-profit 501 3c non-profit (tax-deductible)). Arms Wide Open has received a “Great Non-Profits” award and the Guide Star Platinum Seal of Transparency Award.

100% of your donation will be used to help fund medical research, expand the treatment program,  and care for children journeying through pediatric DIPG brain cancer at the Stanford Lucile Packard Children’s hospital. A cure is desperately needed for this devastating disease.  Your donation is being matched by other individuals and foundations up to $170,000. Whatever amount you donate doubles. Donate $200 it turns to $400; donate $1000 it turns to $2000.

Thank you!

We think kids should be going sailing, not going through cancer!

Kids should be able to enjoy their time being kids: learning new things, exploring, and doing kid stuff – like sailing! Unfortunately, many children must journey through cancer instead of enjoying the water and outdoors.

NauticEd joined the fight against childhood brain cancer after Grant Headifen’s (Director of Education) daughter Alexandra was diagnosed with a highly aggressive form of brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Approximately 300-400 children in the U.S. alone are diagnosed with this disease each year. To put it in perspective, every single day, a family receives the devastating news of their child’s diagnosis. Up until 2021, DIPG had a grim prognosis: with an average life span being three to four months beyond diagnosis, or one to two years after performing radiation. Join NauticEd in the fight against childhood cancer ›

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