The Big Andrew Foundation is a non-profit watermen's collective and community empowerment network dedicated to inspiring individuals to lead a purposeful, healthy and active lifestyle through our relationship with the ocean and contributing waterways.
We're so excited to be heading into summer and have put together some great calendars to let you know how we plan on spending our favorite season. This year, we're offering plenty of opportunities to get active, feel good, and have an impact. Look out for everything from beach cleanups to beach yoga, and start getting stoked for the 10th Annual Surf Contest and 4th Annual Car Show.
There's a lot to look forward to and we can't wait to see you at the beach!
Come get your yoga on this Tuesday, August 22nd from 8-9am with Katie Johnson, who will be leading a slow flow, vinyasa class on Long Sands Beach!
This will be our last beach yoga session of the summer, so if you haven't had a chance to participate in a class yet, we can't recommend it enough! You'll be amazed at how stoked you'll be to tackle the day after some light exercise and meditation on the beach, all while taking in the cool ocean breeze.
The class will be donation-based. All donations benefitting York Hospital Oncology!
Following a year and a half battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, our friend Andrew Gmelch passed away on December 5, 2007, at the young age of 15. Andrew was an avid surfer, skateboarder, snowboarder, as well as loving brother and devoted son.
Always known as the one who could put a smile on someones face no matter what the situation, Andrew was an individual who lived with unforgettable character. Even at the height of his illness, his optimism and good heartedness remained at the core of his being. The effort in which Andrew expressed in activities ranging from extreme sports to his school studies, provides us with an extraordinary example of how living with passion means to live without regrets and fears. His quick wit and sense of humor also taught those of us who knew him how to live with a little humility, and to take life as it comes.
Thank you for your generous support of The Big Andrew Foundation.
Since our start in 2008, our goal has been to create an environment that supports and understands the people in our community. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, and, in the case of The Big Andrew Foundation, that saying has been overwhelmingly true. Each person, company and organization that has been with us for the last ten years can take credit for the success of our mission. Your contributions and efforts inspire and touch the lives of patients within the Big Andrew Hospital Network, which includes the York Oncology Center and the Providence Hood River Oncology Center. Your donations make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals battling cancer.
By showing your support and encouragement for our community, you have not only given your time to those affected by cancer, you have also given the gift of hope. Many of the patients in the Big Andrew Hospital Network are physically and mentally exhausted. As a result of our efforts, The Big Andrew Foundation is able to provide a voice that continues to strengthen and empower our community.
For this, we sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts.