For the third year in a row, Dr. Sean Lavine completed a grueling 25-mile circuit around Manhattan. But he wasn’t running, and he wasn’t biking. He was stand up paddling (SUP).
SEA Paddle NYC is a charity event that raises money for environmental protection and for autism non-profits. In 2013, it was named “Top Philanthropic Effort” by SUP Magazine. Over the last nine years, SEA Paddle NYC has raised over $1.8 million for its beneficiaries.
Dr. Lavine is passionate about the causes that this event supports. “Many of us have been personally affected by Autism,” explains Dr. Lavine on his SEA Paddle participant’s page. That personal dedication helps explain why he comes back year after year to fundraise and paddle…and paddle…and paddle.
The paddlers have their work cut out for them. They start under the Brooklyn Bridge and head north up the East River. Then they paddle along the Harlem River up and over the top of Manhattan, and down the Hudson to Chelsea Piers.
The event draws elite surfers and paddleboarders from around the world. They come to get a unique view of the city and to test their physical limits in the name of a good cause.
Congratulations, Dr. Lavine, on your successful fundraising and amazing paddling.
Dr. Sean Lavine is Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiology, and Clinical Co-Director of Neuroendovascular Services at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He is also Director of Neurointerventional Services at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
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