Paddle For Kids: most anticipated paddle race event of the year

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Event Date: May 24, 2014

Races start at 9a.m.

City: Safety Harbor

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Location: Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Ln, Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Paddle For Kids is a waterfront festival featuring paddle race competitions for the elite paddle athlete, the recreational paddler and novice alike! Blake Real Estate presents, what is being referred to as “the most anticipated paddle race event of the year in Pinellas County”, Paddle For Kids, to raise awareness for newborn screening programs. All profits from the races will go to Save Babies Through Screening Foundation.

On December 18th 2012, Rick Blake received a phone call from his 6 day old baby daughter’s pediatrician that would change the family’s lives forever. The pediatrician called to tell him that his daughter needed to be brought in and started on medication immediately. The newborn screening test, a blood test that was taken on the day she was born, just 6 days earlier, had identified an absence in her thyroid function, which could cause physical and mental impairment. Luckily, when identified timely, the issue can be resolved simply by taking a daily medication that leads to living a long, healthy life. Thanks to the newborn screening programs in Florida, this little girl won’t be any different from the other girls her age, aside from being especially sweet, of course! Florida currently screens for 36 disorders at birth, but some families aren’t lucky enough to live in places like Florida, so Blake Real Estate, Rick Blake’s company is raising awareness for The Save Babies Through Screening Foundation and raising funds for them to provide families all over the United States with education as well as offering free newborn screening kits to families who can’t afford them since many areas of the country do not screen for many of newborn disorders.

Paddle For Kids event day will consist of sunrise yoga sessions (on paddle boards), a 3 mile recreational style race, a 7 mile elite race, lots of good food, music, raffles and prizes! SUP racers, kayaks and outrigger canoes are all welcome to race! Learn more about this amazing day of waterside fun at

Blog posts are written by both Save Babies Through Screening Foundation representatives and others not officially affiliated with the foundation. Posts do not necessarily reflect the views of SBTS. Posts are not medical advice. Please talk to your physician.

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