June of 2010, I lost my Uncle Ron. Ron was the 5th family member I had lost to cancer( 2 grandparents and 3 uncles). That day is what really set everything in motion and inspired me to do something to help people with there fight. My goal was to do an event with a few things in mind...

1) Have something that brings Family and Friends closer together.

2) Have it help people Locally battling cancer.

3) Have it be a lot of Fun.

4) Make it a time when we can Honor the people who have lost their fight with cancer.

Paddle for a Cure is that event that I set out to do on that very sad day.

From left to right - Stephanie, Lily Pad and Lance

A little history on the founder of Paddle for a Cure


Lance Michael Collins


Lance grew up in the quiet, historical town of Canterbury, CT. As a kid, he spent a lot of time camping on the weekends and all throughout the summer, always by or in the water or on his bike in the woods (anything to get away from the parents and feel like an adult).

He went on to graduate from Harvard H. Ellis Regional Vocational Technical school, certified in Manufacturing Technology in 2001. From 1999 - 2004, Lance worked at Connecticut Farm and Pet as a sales person, and later, as manager.

From 2004 - 2006, he worked at Hydrofera LLC as a manufacturing associate and head of special projects.

Finally, he started his career in the area that makes him most happy - kayaking and paddle sports, and from 2006 - 2012 Lance worked at Five Mile Outfitters as the manager. And in 2010, he began (and has continued) working with Paddle Killingly to grow the Kayak community in the eastern half of the state of Connecticut.

Then in 2011, Lance founded Paddle for a Cure. Paddle for a Cure is like a walk-a-thon (like relay for life) but we paddle instead of Walk. 100% of the Money we raise goes to Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT for the Oncology Department. Our motto: "Money Raised in this Area to Help People in this Area". In our first 7 years the total raised by Paddle for a Cure has been $64,457.

From 2012 to 2016 Lance worked at Danielson Adventure Sports as the sales manager where he also operated as CEO of his own business, Blue Pine Outdoors.

In 2015 Lance started working for Frito Lay in the GES department and will continue to focus on Paddle For A Cure.