The Cape Cod Bay Challenge (CCBC) is the oldest and most recognized standup paddle (SUP) event in the Northeast. Our main event, the 30 mile crossing of Cape Cod Bay, is one of the longest SUP events on the East Coast. What makes the crossing of the Bay unique is that it is not a race. Paddlers cross together, supporting each other along the way. Irreplaceable bonds are formed between paddlers during the 10-12 hour, grueling 30 miles across the Bay. The sense of family and community that is felt at the finish line and the after party is amazing. The CCBC is unlike any other event.
The primary goal of the CCBC is to raise funds for a truly wonderful non-profit organization, Christopher’s Haven, Located near Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Christopher’s Haven consists of nine fully furnished apartments and a community recreation area for families of children being treated for cancer in nearby Boston hospitals. Christopher’s Haven is much more than just a place to stay, it is a support system to help with things large and small, and a community where families can be together, share a laugh, be comforted, and comfort others. Over 300 families have stayed at Christopher’s Haven to date and the CCBC’s support over the past 9 years has helped make those stays possible.
The Cape Cod Bay Challenge is all about people. With the kids and their families at the core. More than anything else, we are striving to build community of people that care. Mike said it best...by helping others we help ourselves.
“Both Mike & I have been touched by cancer in our families. I underwent proton beam treatment at Boston’s Mass General Hospital in 2004. During a waiting room conversation with a very brave 9‐year old boy (who obviously had much more to be scared of than I did), I made a vow never to feel sorry for myself again. Standup paddling has made my life close to normal again...and that young boy’s words helped me be stronger mentally. We feel lucky to have a beneficiary like Christopher’s Haven to help kids like that courageous 9‐year old.”
Bob Babcock, founder of the CCBC
“Mass General Hospital is one of the few places in the world to have a proton beam accelerator for use in the treatment of tumors with highly targeted radiation. Kids from around the world come to MGH for treatment. One thing that doesn't get covered by insurance is the cost a family incurs for living expenses while their child is treated. A typical stay is 6‐8 weeks and Boston is an expensive city to get a hotel room in. The Haven is a short walk from MGH and allows up to 7 families at a time to stay in a comfortable, homelike atmosphere which can relieve some of the strain during a very difficult time. As their slogan says: “Christopher’s Haven is a home for kids when cancer hits home.”
Mike Brown, founder of the CCBC