Jack Shimko, a Newport Beach native, begins his 10-day, 150-mile open ocean paddle-board journey to raise money for cancer research today in Santa Barbara.
The water marathon is called, "PADDLE2LIVE," which will raise $500,000 for UCLA Jonsson Cancer Foundation and Livestrong.
From Santa Barbara, Shimko will go through the Channel Islands and end in Newport Beach, at the Newport Aquatic Center Oct. 2.
Shimko begins today at 4:30 a.m. There will be a paddle-out ceremony at 5 a.m. in Santa Barbara.
Shimko produced PADDLE2LIVE after a successful battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"During the toughest times, I would find peace by picturing myself on my board in the ocean," Shimko said in a release. "I am so thankful and lucky that I am at a place now where I am able to chase my love of paddle boarding. If I can put that love toward a great cause like cancer research and helping people who are battling cancer get the care they need, well, there is nothing more important than that."