Paddle to Battle

Multiple Myeloma

 P2BMM1-John and His Mother


In the Spring 2015, my younger sister noticed a lump on the head of our mother, Anne Taussig. Later that week she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. After a craniotomy, surgery, and radiation to remove the large tumor growing in her skull, our mother went through a year of medication to help manage to disease. She is currently facing her first stem cell transplant; a brave attempt to achieve a long-term remission. This year, after a tumor in his spine was found, my uncle, (my mom’s brother) Tom was also diagnosed with myeloma. 


I work as a flight paramedic on a medevac helicopter in Central California. I founded, and actively teach for a nonprofit called Backcountry Medical Guides which focuses on Wilderness, Maritime, and remote emergency medicine. I'm a licensed captain, live on a boat, and do occasional sailing charter work, as well as medicine-at-sea courses.


The plan is to do what I can to support finding a cure for Multiple Myeloma. This is a pivotal time in research to find a lasting cure from which my mother, extended family, and families around the world would directly benefit.


To paddle a kayak (with a sail rig) from Washington State to Alaska through British Columbia’s Inside Passage to raise funds for multiple myeloma treatment research.



Leaving from Bellingham, WA on August 9, 2016 with the goal of taking six weeks to complete, the trip will wind its way through British Columbia’s wild maze of islands, channels, inlets, and fjords that separate the Inside Passage from the Pacific Ocean, concluding in Ketchikan, AK. Challenges could include tidal fluctuations and currents, wild animals, navigation, weather, equipment failures, and remoteness. The trip will be solo. I have not been to the Inside Passage, or anywhere north of Victoria, Canada by boat. I have very little kayak experience, but have sailed the entirety of the Pacific Coast between Cabo San Lucas and Seattle, Washington.

To follow John on his course, check out his tracker by clicking the link below:


To read about John's journey, visit his blog at:


Multiple myeloma (MM) is a type of cancer that starts in plasma cells. Plasma cells are developed in the bone marrow to help white blood cells make antibodies as a part of the immune system. Myeloma begins when a plasma cell becomes abnormal, continues to divide and make more and more abnormal cells – myeloma cells.  These myeloma cells collect in the bone marrow and can start damaging the solid bone. The cancer can begin to damage not only bones, but also other body organs like the kidneys. There is no cure for MM, but there are now many different treatment options that can improve quality and duration of life.


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on the red Donate button above


Breaking News.........A generous donor has 
just offered to match all donations to
Paddle to Battle Multiple Myeloma dollar for dollar!!! 
Your generous gifts will now be worth twice as much!

Or to donate by check, please make payable to “IMF” (memo line “Paddle to Battle")

Mail to:
International Myeloma Foundation
Attn: Suzanne Battaglia
12650 Riverside Drive
Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607

Proceeds to benefit the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)

Levels of Sponsorship

Captain Sponsor: $3500.00 

• PRESENTING Sponsor Name on ALL printed publicity material
(Website, banners, flyers) as the presenting sponsor

•Name mentioned as a Presenting Sponsor on electronic media
(Website, blog, and Youtube video diary)

•Company name will be on the “Paddle to Battle Myeloma"
sponsorship banner on Starboard bow of kayak


Mate Sponsor: $500.00 or equipment equivalent

• Name mentioned as a MATE Sponsor on electronic media
(Website, blog, and Youtube video diary)

•Name mentioned as a MATE Sponsor on the “Paddle to Battle
Myeloma" sponsorship banner on Starboard bow of kayak


Crew Sponsor: $250.00 or equipment equivalent

•Name mentioned as a CREW Sponsor on the “Paddle to Battle
Myeloma" sponsorship banner on Starboard bow of kayak
•Name mentioned as a MATE Sponsor on electronic media
(Website, blog, and Youtube video diary)


For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact:

John Taussig- Equipment Donations
phone: 206.412.1613

Suzanne Battaglia - Monetary Donations
phone: 818. 487-7455 x227
fax : 818. 487-7454