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Group Kayaks 175 Miles To Ocean City, Honoring Friend

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Saturday, a group of bartenders and bar owners finished a six day kayak trip from Baltimore to Ocean City, all to honor their friend who died last year in Ocean City, and raise money for a charity close to his heart.

Dave "Delaware" Powell, Jason Mislan, Jeff Mason, Beth Roche, Joe Wandishin, and Stephen Twilley, from Baltimore, were cheered on by family and friends as they made their way to shore.

The 175 mile kayak adventure took the six bartenders and bar owners, some, who'd never set foot in a kayak, through some of the most difficult waters some of them had experienced.
 
"We had a couple of days with 20 mile an hour winds in our face.  We had 14 of the hardest miles I've ever paddled," said Dave Powell.
 
The trip was in honor of their friend, Patrick "Scunny" McCusker, a Baltimore restaurateur who first made this journey alone in 2006 to raise money for the Believe In Tomorrow Children's Foundation, which provides housing for critically ill children and their families.
 
Brian Morrison, founder of Believe In Tomorrow says, "when they want to get away from the stress and strain of the hospital, we bring them here to the beach, places in the mountains, where they can renew themselves mentally, physically, and go back with a very positive attitude to their treatment process."
 
In August of 2012, Scunny was struck and killed by a bus while he was riding a bicycle in Ocean City.  This year, Scunny's friends towed an empty white kayak in his memory.
 
"We had a little missing...uh...missing man. Just to represent our friend.  He raised a lot of good money for this charity," says Powell.
 
Morrison praised the Scunny Memorial Paddle team for their effort, "this group is doing just an extraordinary effort to follow in his footsteps."

After such a long trip, we asked if they would head back out next year...
 
Jeff Mason, who'd never been in a kayak before this trip, chuckled and said "if I was to answer that question today? No!  Talk to me in 6 months, I'll probably do it again."

As of Saturday, the Scunny Memorial Paddle team had raised just over $45,000 in just about a month, and were still working to reach their fundraising goal of $50,000.

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