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Castaways Against Cancer

On the morning of June 9th, Oscar Ortiz, Executive Director of the SebastianStrong Foundation & Sebastian’s Father, set off on a 160-mile, 7-day journey by sea to raise awareness & critically needed funding for childhood cancer research. Alongside 15 other kayakers, he faced thunderstorms, strong currents, wind, waves, and a scorching sun. While the journey produced blisters, sunburns, and aching muscles, there were also shared smiles, stories, and tears, as these amazing men & women spoke of the loved ones they paddled for. Every year the Castaways Against Cancer kayak for a cure and to honor those who have fought the fight. For the second year in a row, SebastianStrong Foundation has teamed up with the Castaways to expand their fundraising efforts to include a greater focus on childhood cancer specifically. Thank you to all who supported this campaign. For those have not had the opportunity to do so yet – it’s not too late to help us reach our $75,000 goal and make a difference in the race to cure childhood cancer.

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of total National Cancer Institute budget is all that is allocated to childhood cancer (less than $200M annually)

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See What Our Sponsors Are Saying

We support the SebastianStrong Foundation because children deserve a fair chance in fighting cancer.  Investment in childhood cancer is only a fraction of the monies invested in other types of cancer. We believe in the mission of SebastianStrong because we believe in Sebastian and his fight.”

Patricia M. Hernandez, Founding Partner, Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP

I support the SebastianStrong Foundation because as a parent it pains me to think about the very limited treatments available for children diagnosed with cancer. Raising awareness is critical in funding the research needed to provide more effective cures. With all of the advances in the treatment of other diseases (including other types of cancers) it’s mind-boggling to me why it is that the treatment of childhood cancer has been such a laggard.

Jose E. Cueto, President & CEO, International Finance Bank

Bank Director is excited to be involved in the fight to find less toxic cures for childhood cancer. We are so proud to join the many banks that support SebastianStrong Foundation.

Joan Susie, Chairman of the Board, Bank Director

At Professional Bank we value building relationships within our community! We also value & take pride in giving back by partnering up with organizations with important worthy causes. This is why we are proud to support the SebastianStrong Foundation & its mission to increase awareness of childhood cancer & help fund research for less toxic & more targeted cures. These causes are a reminder that we must not only be good as a company, but we must also do good!

Danny Martinez, Executive Vice President, Professional Bank

Finding a cure for pediatric cancer is not a dream, it’s a reality. It’s not an “if” but a “when”. US Century Bank is committed to our community & its children in ways big & small & supporting SebastianStrong Foundation is one of the many ways we help fight the fight & find a cure.

Luis de la Aguilera, President, CEO, & Director, US Century Bank

My family & I support SebastianStrong because we believe in the mission of “kids deserve better”. As a father of two, I cannot sit back knowing the stats on how underfunded pediatric cancer research is & do nothing. Kids deserve more targeted, less toxic treatments & in order to make that a reality, raising awareness & funding is critical. The work that SebastianStrong is doing on behalf of kids is so important & that is why my family & I will always support them.

Taylor Binder, Supporter

We can think of no better way to fight pediatric cancer than to join with the loving parents and friends of young people who have battled this awful set of diseases, and who are leading the way to eliminating them.  We support the SebastianStrong Foundation to help bring a cure for pediatric cancers and to honor Sebastian Ortiz, a young man whose life so clearly demonstrates both the good that is in our young people and the huge loss our society suffers when they are taken so early in their promising lives.

Robin and Bill King, Supporters