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Chris Sellers · Keiki Paddle 2020

Chris and Sean Sellers

Chris Sellers was your normal high school junior at Santa Barbara High School, playing Magic Cards with his friends, hanging at the beach, fishing, and working at the Pet House in Goleta. During this time, he was focusing on getting into college and studying Marine Biology/ Environmental Science. On December 9th Chris was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma and on December 11th Chris had a port put in his chest, two bone marrow tests, a spinal tap and immediately began 3 days of light chemotherapy. He came home for a week and then started his first of six full rounds of chemotherapy. Each round of chemo was in the hospital for 5 to 6 days every month for 6 months, and unfortunately the first round was during Christmas. This road has been long and a bit rough on both Chris and his Dad, Sean, who has been a full-time touring/studio drummer for over 25 years.  Sean is a full-time single dad who gained full custody of Chris 6 years ago.  Chris finished his last round of chemo on May 24th and both he and his Dad are super excited to get back in the water again, and Chris can’t wait to get back to work at the Pet House and start fishing again.

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Children between the ages of 7 and 16 participate in an open ocean paddle event to provide financial and emotional support to both a child with a life-threatening illness and a non-profit organization that supports children in Santa Barbara County.
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