Annual Dive for a Cure to be held at Woahink Oct. 14

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Eugene Skin Divers’ fundraising event hopes to add to the more than $300,000 previously raised

The 10th annual Dive for a Cure fundraiser will be held at the day use area at Woahink Lake on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dive for a Cure was envisioned and initiated by Eugene Skin Divers Supply. The event has raised more than $300,000 for the ongoing fight against cancer.

Diana Hollingshead, co-owner of Eugene Skin Divers Supply and the coordinator of Dive for a Cure, feels the program’s growth is due to its inclusive nature.

“I feel like this is an important event since it brings the entire community, divers, non-divers and families together for a common goal of raising money to fund cancer research — something that has touched all of us,” Hollingshead said. “The event is held at Woahink Lake since it is a fantastic place to have a diving event due to being able to accommodate all levels of divers, from beginning divers to those that are highly proficient.”

Dive for a Cure has grown significantly in the last decade and now includes several above water games, a keynote speaker and a family barbecue.

The highlight of the day’s fun, at least for the participating divers, will be the underwater Poker Run.

There will also be the added incentive for participants of free gourmet burgers for lunch, courtesy of Eugene’s Burger on the Run.

Burger on the Run has been involved with Dive for a Cure since its inception and spokesperson Kelly O’Brien, said the company is pleased to assist in the fundraiser.

“I am a diver, as are all the gals that are on the coordinating team,” O’Brien said. “We all enjoy getting together year round to plan this, which is our big event, as well as other event throughout the year. One does not have to be a diver to participate.”

She said the burger truck would be providing hamburgers, potato salad, watermelon, chips and cookies.

“We enjoy participating because 100 percent of the money goes to OHSU (Oregon Health and Science University). None of the money is used to offset costs,” O’Brien said.

There are some additional reasons to attend the Dive for a Cure, beyond the fun and food, according to Hollingshead. There will also be the opportunity to come away with items donated by local businesses.

“Everyone and anyone is welcome to attend. We have a very large silent auction with a selection of trips, artwork and other fun stuff,” Hollingshead said.

Although the event is one week away, Dive for a Cure is still accepting donations for the auction.

“As more people become aware of the event, they hear what a great event it is and want to be a part of it. Eugene Skin Divers Supply, Builders Electric, Burgers on the Run, NW Pharmaceutical Compounding, RV Corral, and Bi-Mart have generously supported Dive for a Cure every year,” Hollingshead said.

All of the sponsors and participants in Dive for a Cure encourage anyone interested to come join in the effort to raise funds for the battle against cancer.

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