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“Dean “The Jersey Devil” Randazzo at age 11, cut out of a surfing magazine the address and phone # to the A.S.P. (association of surfing professionals) because, he knew that one day he would need to contact the professional tour. Born and raised in Atlantic City, N.J., He grew up surfing the East Coast. Dean began competing at age 11 and won his very first contest on a board that had more duct tape than fiberglass. In 1989 he moved to California as an amateur and then turned pro in 1990. His performance in the 1990 Cold Water Classic hailed rave revues from the likes of Derek Hynd (well known critic), comparing Dean to “an early 80’s Elkerton” and to the likes of Tom Curren (world champion at that time). More

Sean Duffey of Somers Point paddles past historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

22.5-mile paddle around Absecon Island is Saturday, June 14, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Participants have begun registering for 7th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For a Cause as of Monday, March 10. The 22.5-mile paddle around Absecon Island on Saturday, June 14, requires participants to fundraise a minimum of $200 to enter the contest ending at Golden Nugget Marina. See www.deanrandazzocancerfoundation.com for registration information.

Last year more than 100 people participated in the event and together with supports raised $50,000 to help support our mission. Brigantine’s Sven Peltonen took first place, and two Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation board members from Somers Point; Trustee Sean Duffey won second and President Paul Giunta took home third place in the World PaddleAssociation sanctioned men’s race division.

The course was designed by event-founder Mike May in 2008 to challenge paddlers with a difficult journey that translates the feeling of what a person faces when battling cancer. Participants can compete in either SUP or prone paddle boarding in either the 22.5-mile course or an 8-mile course. There will be two WPA-sanctioned races for 14-foot stand up paddleboards between and 12-foot 6-inch stand up paddleboard each divided between men’s and women’s division. Prizes will be awarded for other divisions as well. An open division welcomes outrigger canoes, race kayaks, surf skis and team SUP consisting of at least two but no more than six paddlers.  The event begins at 8 a.m. and an after party will begin at 4 p.m at The Deck at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.

New this year, anyone can become a virtual paddler for those who want to participate in the event without getting onto the water. Virtual paddlers are encouraged to raise $200 in sponsorships for the Paddle for a Cause and will receive an event T-shirt.  The Paddle For a Cause is a partner of the South Jersey SUP Cup.


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To register to the 7th annual Paddle For a Cause, participants must register both on PaddleGuru to register division and shirt sizes and register on Dojiggy to get your sponsorship page.

Ben Geraff (photo by Jeff Depew)

70 registered as bone marrow donors during Swab to Save a Life

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Hundreds from the surfing community helped the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation raise $10,000 during its Freeze For A Cause Saturday, Feb. 22 in Atlantic City.

There were 70 surfers in the water for the competition at North Carolina Avenue beach divided among five categories. More than 100 attended an after party at Margaritaville in Resorts Casino Hotel and helped the event become its most successful since its inception in 2009.

“I’m completely stoked at the turnout of 70 surfers who made it out to support this event,” said foundation President Paul Giunta of Somers Point. “God was smiling upon us with great waves this morning and there were plenty of smiles on the beach.”

The foundation partnered with Be The Match to register bone marrow donors and 70 people total were registered during the “Swab To Save A Life,” campaign to help find a donor for Anthony Daniels, 22, of Ridgeway, N.J. who is suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as well as thousands across the world seeking donors.

Twenty people were swabbed to help raise awareness Friday, Feb. 21 during “The Morning Edge with JoJo & Scotty” on 103.7 WMGM-FM including the show’s hosts, Joe Borsello of West Deptford and Scotty Reilly of Egg Harbor Township. Another 50 were swabbed at Jersey Devil Surf at Resorts Casino Hotel during the contest Saturday afternoon.

“The energy is amazing. The swab station is great. It’s a good feeling to know the good effort is helping people,” said Dean Randazzo of Atlantic City. “Not only are we raising money but maybe we can find a donor and save a life.”

The Freeze For A Cause was created in 2009 by Nick Bricker, Sam Hammer and Shannon Hammer Korb and benefited Dean Randazzo during his fourth battle with cancer and was held in Seaside Heights. The event was not held last year due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.


Dean Randazzo congratulates women's division winner Kali Emery, 26, of Manahawkin during the Freeze For a Cause Saturday, Feb. 22 on North Carolina Avenue in Atlantic City.

Dean Randazzo congratulates women’s division winner Kali Emery, 26, of Manahawkin during the Freeze For a Cause Saturday, Feb. 22 on North Carolina Avenue in Atlantic City.

There were 70 surfers in the water and just as many supporting them on the beach. Thanks to everyone who came out for The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Freeze For A Cause Saturday, Feb. 22 at North Carolina Avenue in Atlantic City.


1st Kali Emery, 26, of Manahawkin

2nd Justine Aguiar, 16, of Margate

3rd Annissa Miamone, 18, of Brick Township

Junior Men

1st Perry Siganos, 17, Longport

2nd Mike Vanaman, 13, Sicklerville

3rd Stephen Zarkoff, 12, Hainesport, N.J.

Grand Master

1st Frank Levin, 44, Somers Point

2nd Mike Dewald, 55, Cape May Court House

3rd Josh Williams, 36, of Atlantic City


1st Ben Graeff, 25, of Longport

2nd Kevin Dewald, 23, Cape May Court House

3rd Alex DePhillipo, 28, of Margate


1st Eric Becker, 46, Upper Township

2nd Kevin DeWald, 23, Cape May Court House

3rd Josh Williams, 36, Atlantic City

Here’s a little note from one of the DRCF’s beneficiaries, Karen.


I just wanted to check in and say hello.

I was sitting in chemo yesterday and realized it was three weeks ago that I got your call.

Since then, we have been pretty busy. Mark’s mom passed away suddenly on the Monday following meeting with you. We drove up to Massachusetts, where he is from, for the funeral. As anyone who has undergone chemo knows, the first week seems to be the hardest. I was weak and just feeling crappy, but I had to be there to support him and his family. What an emotional and stressful time. Although my mom can drive me crazy, I am so thankful she is still with me.

I am sharing this information because, although it was a difficult time for both of us and his whole family, by meeting with you the Thursday before, I was not also stressed financially and was able to focus on him and his grieving.

My state disability is under review, which is normal after a period of time. I understand the process and the need to confirm the legitimacy, as there is a lot of fraud out there. So, I will not be getting my disability for at least a month to six weeks while all the paperwork is shuffled. Without your support, my bills would not be paid this month.

So, although I may not write or call every day, I want you, and the rest of the Board to know that what you have done for me affects everything I do and is appreciated every day. Not a day goes by that I am not thankful to the DRCF. You have made one of the most stressful pieces of the fight less stressful. Please know that I thank God every day for each of you and my appreciation is beyond words.

Yesterday was the 5th chemo in a cycle of 6, so one more in this series. I will soon have a surgery date for December and will keep you posted.

Again, words cannot express my gratitude.


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