Our Cause

Why we do what we do...
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The Cape Cod Bay Challenge (CCBC) was founded in 2007 by good friends Bob Babcock and Mike Brown as a way to share their love for stand-up paddling (SUP) with others while raising money for causes & charities. In 2009, the CCBC made a very personal connection with Christopher’s Haven and decided to make it the permanent beneficiary of their annual events. Since that time the CCBC has raised of $750,000 for Christopher’s Haven and the paddlers that participate in our events have paddled hundreds of miles to do so.

Christopher’s Haven is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Boston, Massachusetts with a mission to operate a supportive community consisting of seven temporary apartments and a community recreation area for families of children being treated for cancer in nearby Boston hospitals.

On Labor Day 2006, Christopher’s Haven opened the door of one furnished and comfortable apartment to a family who had traveled from Alabama to Boston seeking life-saving treatment for their seven-year-old daughter. Today, the organization operates and manages seven residential apartments and a community area (The Loft) that offers a space for recreation, sharing and support for the families.

Over 300 families to date have stayed in the fully-furnished and equipped apartments located at One Emerson Place (across the street from Massachusetts General Hospital). Families value the close proximity to the area medical centers, treasure the ability to be together in an apartment setting and cherish the much needed support with other families facing similar circumstances during interaction in The Loft.

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

~ William James

"How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it."

~ George Elliston