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Teen boarders from Maine plan trek for breast cancer cure

Many teenagers and young adults have fallen in love with the sport of longboarding, a combination of skateboarding and surfing on land. Three Maine teenagers are taking their favorite sport and using it to make breast cancer survivors and supporters news by organizing a trek across the state, according to The Morning Sentinel of Waterville, Maine.

Connor Reeves, Jacob Weese and Ethan Johnson, students at Skowhegan Area High School, started a four-day journey on their 42-inch longboards July 17, spanning 150 miles from Ellsworth to Old Orchard Beach. They've playfully named their event "Boarding for Boobies."

The three friends originally planned on doing a summer trip, but were inspired to ride in support of a cause instead. They choose a disease that hits close to home. Weese's aunt is a breast cancer survivor.

Reeves, Weese and Johnson hope to raise $1,000 to be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Passionately Pink Program and Cure-Maine. They will accept donations during their trip and will also sell bracelets for $5 and bumper stickers for $2.

Even before embarking on their trek, the boys had raised more than $700.

According to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, more than 1,000 women in the state will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, and an estimated 180 will die of the disease.
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